The Università Cattaneo (LIUC) in Italy has recently signed an agreement on the first MakerBot Innovation Center in Europe.
“We are excited about bringing the first MakerBot Innovation Center to Europe”, said Alexander Hafner, General Manager with MakerBot Europe. “The opening of the MakerBot Innovation Center will represent a great chance to empower students, faculty and professionals to innovate, keep pace with developments and will prepare students for the business challenges of tomorrow”.
The MakerBot Innovation Center for LIUC includes 20 MakerBot Replicator 3D printers. The center’s Management Platform will help to manage and link all devices, provide remote access and allow for print queuing and mass production of 3D prints.
“From next year our Engineering students will have the chance to challenge their skills in designing and manufacturing prototypes in the context of simulated startups. The MakerBot Innovation Center will allow us to continue and develop the activities carried out by SmartUp, giving our students a concrete opportunity of hands-on experience with the next technologies of digital manufacturing, which are increasingly part of the everyday life of enterprises”, said Prof Luca Mari, Director of SmartUp – Digital Manufacturing Laboratory and Professor in the School of Industrial Engineering of LIUC.
The companies of the Province of Varese are allied in the Unione degli Industriali della Provincia di Varese. The main goal of this union is to support the development and the growth of the member companies and the LIUC, that offers academic curricula in Management, Law and Engineering, was established through the sponsorship of this association. Furthermore, the MakerBot Innovation Center will be carried out with the help of the researchers of SmartUp – Digital Manufacturing Laboratory. SmartUp is a project with the goal to spread the culture of digital manufacturing and has been developed by the LIUC and the Unione degli Industriali della Provincia di Varese.
The grand opening of the MakerBot Innovation Center at LIUC will be held in June.