Jun 22, 2016 | By Alec

Universities across the world are increasingly becoming aware of what 3D printing can bring to their research and students, and it’s absolutely fantastic to see more and more 3D printing centers opening up. What’s more, they are by no means confined to the west. As of last week, the thousands of students attending Universidad Panamericana’s Guadalajara campus in Mexico now also have access to a campus 3D printing center.

This new CRAI center opened its doors on the Universidad Panamericana’s (UP’s) Guadalajara campus on June 8, and is the result of the collaborative efforts of high impact incubator SPARK UP, US-based 3D printer manufacturers 3D Robo (makers of the R1 Plus 3D printer) and their authorized Mexican distributor disonar 3D. Together, they worked to realize an ambitious goal: to provide the entire university with access to additive and digital manufacturing tools that can be used to realize any concept, product or dream as easily as possible.

As the collaborating team revealed, 3D printers are becoming more and more common at universities and research centers in Mexico, but only as tools in engineering workshops. That’s unfortunate, as industrial designers, architects and biomedical developers can all greatly benefit from that same equipment, though it is often too expensive for each and every faculty to acquire. That’s why this strategic alliance sought to bring low-cost, professional-grade 3D printers to UP Guadalajara in one single, centralized center that was open to all.

As they explained, many researchers in Mexico don’t even see 3D printing as a possible manufacturing option due to the costs and the steep learning curve involved. With the help of 3D Robo, they are now thus trying to show students and faculty members exactly how easy and cost-effective it is to operate 3D printers, and hope to spread the technology throughout their student community. Hopefully, it will inspire numerous students to develop groundbreaking and problem-solving products that can change lives.

For those students, Rafael Hernandez Cazares, the Academic Vice Chancellor of the University, opened the 3D printing center and makerspace in early June. As he revealed, he was very pleased with this initiative, as it provides the students at the UP Campus Guadalajara with the opportunity to use equipment of the highest quality technology and realize their digital manufacturing dreams. It’s the kind of initiative every university in the world needs.



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