The Precision Digital Manufacturing and Healthcare Technology Lab at Coventry University, UK, has been awarded £5 million from the Office for Students to further education on in-demand skills needed within the healthcare and engineering sectors. The lab will be equipped with industry-standard digital technologies, such as metal Additive Manufacturing.
This investment is hoped to allow the lab to foster a collaborative approach and potentially lead to developments in areas such as prosthetics and wearable technologies, which require both healthcare and engineering skill to implement.
“This project presents great opportunities for students as they will be able to access state-of-the-art digital engineering technology, but further forward collaboration between both faculties will offer great benefits especially in areas such as digital healthcare,” stated Professor Catherine Hobbs, Academic Dean at Coventry University’s Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing. “The precision 3D printing technology available will mean we can create useable components for healthcare applications, while digital twinning will allow us to simulate how objects will work in a virtual environment.”
She concluded, “We are absolutely thrilled that we will be able to invest in these technologies, it’s an incredible opportunity for us, that doesn’t come around very often.”