UofL 3-D Printing Business Incubator provides practical design, experimental experience

March 27, 2017

The UofL 3-D Printing Business Incubator houses nearly 100 design engineers from the Mechanical Engineering Department. Because additive manufacturing (3-D printing) represents a paradigm shift in design and production, well-trained, talented design engineers are critical to expand this technology. This program aims to graduate engineers with practical design and experimental experience in additive manufacturing to fill a void in the workforce. These young engineers face the new opportunities and challenges in 3-D printing and will be pivotal players in this new, trillion dollar component of the economy by having meaningful design and manufacturing experience.

UofL 3D Printing Business Incubator serves as a platform to connect graduate level research to undergraduate capstone experiences in order to develop and explore their designing skills in 3-D printing. This year, students who are enrolled in Capstone Design course form startup teams of 3-5 students. In addition to designing and prototyping using 3-D printing, startup teams build a business case around it. Each team is supervised by a graduate level mentor and a faculty mentor. In addition, each team has a corporate mentor. Overall, each term this program gives the students the opportunity to work with at least half a dozen industry partners. The motivation behind the UofL 3-D Printing Business Incubator is to promote innovative design and manufacturing within an entrepreneurial environment.

The M.E. Department will be hosting a Capstone Venture Day that will include student presentations, poster sessions, and talks by industry-partners, and more.  Venture Day will be held on April 19th and 20th in the Engineering Garage on the UofL Campus.

Our startup teams work in the Materials Innovation Guild, within the M.E. Department. They enjoy a significant competitive advantage as a result of the University of Louisville's world-class 3-D Printing ecosystem and access to the Lean Launchpad program at the Nucleus. More details about this program, how you can participate in it, and our venture day are available at the UofL 3-D Printing Business Incubator website.