These are some of the most exciting projects CU3D has going on or coming up at the moment. We believe in collaboration across fields, and many of our projects incorporate a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines, from materials technology to robotics. If you see anything you would like to get involved with, do not hesitate to get in touch!
The aim of the S/M/P project is to streamline the process of using 3D printing to replicate small real-world objects. Our ultimate aim is to be able to scan a damaged component, repair it in CAD and print a repaired replacement, and be able to do so reliably and consistently. We will be starting this October 2016 by building a Ciclop laser scanner and a Prusa i3 printer in the first term of this academic year.
UK STUDENT 3DP NETWORK
We are starting the UK Student 3DP Network to facilitate greater collaboration between technically oriented students at different universities across the country. We are currently in talks with three other UK universities, and have three more lined up for the New Year. Our aim is to ease the sharing of expertise and experience on everything related to additive manufacturing. As the Network grows we will be looking for industry partners to help improve access for students to rapid prototyping equipment and promote careers in design and manufacture.
PROSTHETICS, COMING SOON
The customised and variable nature of the prosthetic industry means it is an area where additive manufacturing can have a genuine positive impact on peoples' lives, and at a very low cost. We are currently working on a unique project that will make this a reality. Details to be announced soon.
We are keen to encourage students of all ages to learn more about 3D printing and to consider careers in engineering. We aim to educate these students through planned outreach events, such as at the Cambridge Science Festival this year. There is presently a lot of media hype about 3D Printing and its applications. We seek to tap into this to get students genuinely excited about STEM topics and hopefully consider a STEM career.