Vincennes University (VU), Indiana, USA, has invested $4.8 million in three new manufacturing centres: Additive Manufacturing and Reverse Engineering Center, Center for Applied Robotics and Automation, and HURCO Advanced CNC Machining Technology Center. These centres are intended to support the university in providing up-to-date technologies, useful educational experiences and industry partnerships to students.
“Vincennes University is delighted to have three new centres that will create more opportunities for students and will help support the needs Hoosier employers have for skilled talent,” stated Dr Chuck Johnson, VU president. “Vincennes University has a deep commitment to student achievement, and the three centres will enhance the educational experiences of many students that will have a significant positive impact on VU, the State of Indiana, and across the nation for decades to come.”
Ty Freed, VU College of Technology Dean, added, “The lab spaces are in place because of the needs of our industry partners. Indiana is a huge manufacturing state. When you talk about all fifty states, Indiana is really a power player in manufacturing.”
The university continues to make investments to support its industry partners and employers throughout Indiana and beyond. The centres are expected to further the university’s initiatives to provide training and education that support the next generation of advanced manufacturing technology and develop a skilled talent pipeline for industry partners.
VU’s 272 m2 Additive Manufacturing and Reverse Engineering Center houses a variety of Additive Manufacturing machines which utilise metal and polymer feedstock. The space also houses digitisers and scanners which create cloud-point data and scan existing geometry to input into CAD software.