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3D Collaborative Lab Will Help Turn Ideas Into Reality

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    A birds-eye rendering shows how the 5,850-square-foot lab will be organized.

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 7, 2016)—Promising to revolutionize the design and invention process at the University of Miami and bring the institution a step closer to becoming the innovation hub of South Florida, a new collaborative fabrication laboratory equipped by Johnson & Johnson Services Inc. with the latest in 3D printers will open soon at UM’s College of Engineering, giving faculty, students, and researchers from across the institution the tools and technology they need to turn their ideas into reality.

    The 3D Printing Collaborative Laboratory, a joint initiative with Johnson & Johnson, will feature state-of-the-art additive manufacturing equipment, better known as 3D printers, and other high-tech devices that will speed the development of interdisciplinary research projects and grant proposals, help students complete capstone projects, and provide experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates and graduates. A full-time engineer/scientist will be onsite at the 5,850-square-foot lab for training purposes.

    “The Collaborative Laboratory will change the way people create, interact, and work on projects, and further collaborative work across the different disciplines to create a culture of solving global issues,” said Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering. “Our collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Services Inc. gives us the opportunity for technical advancement and promotion of excellence in education.”

    Representatives from Johnson & Johnson Services will collaborate with UM students and faculty to support research in materials development and advanced process development for medical applications. The 3D printing process, which involves making three-dimensional solid objects from digital files, could revolutionize the field of orthopaedics, eye health, and consumer products.

    Housed at the McArthur Engineering Building, the lab will be a centerpiece of the college’s strategic initiatives in research and education and will embrace UM President Julio Frenk’s Roadmap to Our New Century initiative, offering a space for collaboration and problem-solving based on interdisciplinary inquiry. It also will advance UM’s goal of becoming a hemispheric innovation hub through industry and community partnerships that promote ideas and product development, and will strengthen the University’s initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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