The NSERC CREATE Training Program in 3D Printing Technology and Materials (3DPTM) is a new, innovative training program at UBC and UVIC that will train a future generation of scientists and engineers in 3D Printing. 3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), is a powerful manufacturing technique with key advantages that include reduced waste and pollution and the ability to print custom designs from 3D structural data. 3D Printing has increased potential applications in a wide range of fields including automobiles, aviation, aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, therapeutics, and sportswear. As the need for unique and novel 3D printing technology in industry continues to expand, there will be a sustained demand for trainees that have strong knowledge and training in 3D printing technology, materials and applications, and that have professional skills that will help them succeed in industry. 3DPTM Trainees will undertake interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects covering the full spectrum of 3D Printing, from technology and ink development to applications of 3D printing technology, with a special focus on biomedical applications. These trainees will have strong professional development skills, outstanding hands-on training on instrument relevant for 3D printing, and extensive industrial contacts to facilitate their transition to the workforce.
The 3DPTM training objective is to prepare the graduates of our program with a powerful skill set that will help Canada become a global leader in advancing this manufacturing technique and meet its need for highly qualified personnel in 3D printing technology. This will be achieved by:
Providing coursework and hands-on training that will give researchers scientific and engineering skills that are critical to industry.
Nurturing excellent leadership, communication, and professional skills.
Using interactions with industry and international labs to help trainees establish new collaborations and networking that will facilitate their transition into the workforce.