donated four MakerBot 3D Printers to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to help commemorate the opening of Goodwin Hall, Virginia Tech’s newly constructed Signature Engineering Building. Along with the MakerBots, Virginia Tech purchased an Objet500 Connex 3, Fortus 360, and uPrint-SE Plus.
These additions to the AOE 3D print lab are part of an ongoing effort to position Virginia Tech as a leader in engineering innovation and advancement. The department now has a total of seven
3D printers, providing students with increased access to this rapidly evolving technology.
Aerospace engineering applications include printing models for the program’s
Subsonic Open Jet Wind Tunnel
and as instrumentation for graduate level research in the
Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel
. Several undergraduate labs will also take advantage of the large platform machines for underwater glider design competitions. The school has already designed vertical stabilizers for their underwater glider on a 3D printer. In the Ocean Engineering program, graduate-level research takes advantage of larger machines to print props, nose cones, and other components for various research projects advised by Dr. Neu.
The advanced AEO 3D print lab offers a wide range of additive manufacturing capabilities and prototyping solutions. The new
printer has one of the biggest build envelopes offered by the Connex platform and offers multi-material and multi-color printing. Click on the button below for more information on multi-material and color printing from ModernTech.