The School of Engineering 'Digital Workshop' is a new facility within the school, primarily offering hands-on access to Digital Fabrication Technologies for students within the school to support teaching and undergraduate research projects. The Digital Workshop is equipped with an array of new and versatile computer controlled digital fabrication equipment, from a large bed laser cutter and 3D printers through to a CNC engraver for engraving plastics and copper circuit boards.
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All of these technologies are finding widespread use in industry and the opportunity for students to get hands-on with these technologies during their degree course is key in equipping them to be the young and innovative engineers of tomorrow. 3D printing technology for instance is used for both rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing, with applications across architecture, construction, industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, engineering, civil engineering, dental and medical industries, biotechnology, fashion, footwear, jewellery, eyewear, education and many other fields.
The school already boasts a thriving 3D printing and digital fabrication research group, The Digital and Material Technologies Laboratory (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/research/sensors/dmtl/) headed by Dr Simon Leigh. The provision of technologies such as 3D printing in the Digital Workshop along with access to other cutting-edge 3D printing and digital fabrication technologies through the Digital and Material Technologies Laboratory means that the School can offer a wide range of technology capability and is committed to providing students with the key experience and skills required to be modern engineers.
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