Largest laboratory with 3D printers at AGH UST

The Faculty of Management has opened a modern engineering laboratory for the needs of the field of study of Management and Production Engineering. The student laboratory, operating under the name of Engineering Innovation Lab (EIL) and holding a certificate of the American company MakerBot, which produces professional 3D printers, is intended for classes at two engineering courses offered by the Faculty of Management: Reverse Engineering and Rapid Prototyping. 

The room features 16 printing devices equipped with innovative software and a 3D scanner made by the Polish company SmartTech. It is now possible that during classes every student will get to know the practical aspects of 3D printing at an individual stand equipped with a workstation with software and a 3D printer. Each printing device is also equipped with a camera, thanks to which it is possible to follow remotely progress in project development. 

Examples of engineering software available to students include Geomagic Design X, designed to process 3D scans for the needs of engineering design, and Geomagic Control X, which makes it possible to compare a scanned spatial object with its digital model for the needs of quality control.  

The most interesting aspect seems to be a potential use of SimaPro 9 by AGH UST engineers, which enables the evaluation of the impact of a designed product on the natural environment. On the basis of included databases, the program can analyse, inter alia, the total carbon footprint or water footprint of a manufacturing process as well as the use and disposal of a given product, i.e. the so-called ‘ecologically-based life cycle assessment’. Thanks to the above, students will be able to find out how to verify the composition of a product and its manufacturing process, and thanks to it, how to minimise its negative impact on the natural environment,” explains Dariusz Sala, DSc, Head of the laboratory MakerBot Engineering Innovation Lab. 

The laboratory is available not only for the students of the Faculty of Management, but it can also be used by all AGH UST students within the framework of elective courses, as well as by the members of student special interest groups. 

The laboratory equipment was financed from the Integrated Development Programme of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow II – POWR.03.05.00-00-Z309/18.