- Digital fabrication through Ultimaker 3D Printers Pave the Way for Creative Innovation Among Students
Ultimaker, the global leader in professional 3D printing, has announced a collaboration with the University of Tokyo to help its students learn digital fabrication by using Ultimaker 3D printers in its new innovation hub, ‘T-BOX’.
The University of Tokyo SEKISUI House – KUMA Lab (a.k.a. T-BOX) began with a donation from Sekisui House Co., Ltd, with the goal of researching the future of architecture using technology to investigate “the future of living.” Six flagship Ultimaker 3D printers and Ultimaker Digital Factory software assist architecture students in improving their craft and exploring other opportunities for growth, such as learning about manufacturing or digital fabrication.
“Choosing Ultimaker was an excellent answer for T-BOX due its high level of printing accuracy, speed, and responsiveness. The unlimited material range allows the students the opportunity to experiment with advanced polymers and composites to meet the demands of the real world.”– Mr. Toshiki Hirano, the director and project assistant professor of SEKISUI HOUSE – KUMA LAB
Mr. Hirano added, “The purpose of T-BOX is to provide the full potential of development for each learner, where they explore the 3D printing system and Ultimaker Digital Factory for product development, prototype and architectural models printing, turning their vision into reality.”
A 3D printed model of the installation work exhibited at the recent Design Biennale in London is one of T-most BOX’s eye-catching prints. T-BOX scanned various iconic objects in Tokyo and London and converted them into 3D data. The 3D models were then printed on Ultimaker 3D printers and shipped to London, where they were assembled for the display.
“It is great to see advanced educational institutions like the University of Tokyo recognise the importance of 3D printing and to bring out the full creative inspiration of its students to prepare them to be as impactful as they can be when they enter the professional world. Our 3D printers, software and digital factory are used across the world in a variety of industries and applications addressing a wide range of business benefits. I applaud the University of Tokyo for its role to help propel 3D printing in becoming a transformational business technology delivering flexibility and sustainable value.”– Jürgen Von Hollen, CEO at Ultimaker
According to Douglas Krone, Chief Executive Officer at Brule Inc., “Brule is grateful for the opportunity and thrilled to support Kengo Kuma and his team in bringing their ideal 3D printing solution to fruition. We have seen what a positive impact they can have in transforming education and affecting real change in the next generation of architecture.”
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