Stratasys has signed a five year deal with the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM), part of the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen Campus, and which specialises in R&D.
Stratasys will set up one of its Fortus 450mc Production FDM 3D printers and offer training and services at the ACAM in Aachen. The staff at ACAM will then be able to use this printer for hands-on teaching in engineering courses and professional training. This is part of Stratasys’ ongoing drive to ensure that the next generation of engineers understand the principles of 3D printing, and design products to be additively manufactured.
Matthias Gukelberger, Vice President and Head of Services, Stratasys in Europe, called ACAM a ‘natural partner’, adding: “Specifically in countries like Germany, where the focus for manufacturing and production is still on metal, the cooperation provides an opportunity to convey the benefits of thermoplastics for production, and introduce students to the technology early on.
Dr.-Ing. Kristian Arntz, managing director and partner of the ACAM GmbH, explained: “Within the cooperation, the ACAM will refine and expand existing training courses as well as establish newly-tailored educational programs. We also look forward to developing new curriculum elements for additive manufacturing with Stratasys.”