Here’s a chance for students to acquire more knowledge and hands-on training on industrial 3D printing technology. With most sectors lacking trained manpower especially in digital manufacturing, a need for comprehensive training is required from the college level itself.
Realising this, Cambrian Consultancy Center and Industrial Research (CCCIR), a research wing of Cambridge Institute of Technology (CIT), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EOS Electro Optical Systems Pvt Ltd on November 25, 2022. EOS is the leading technology provider worldwide for industrial 3D printing of metals and plastics.
Highlighting the importance of studying 3D printing, Anand Prakasam, Country Director, said, “All colleges today are teaching traditional technology when the world is moving towards digital manufacturing. We need technology like 3D printing and that’s where we step in.” He added that digital manufacturing is a growing market and industries are not able to implement it completely because of the less manpower. “Today, the jobs in these areas may not be visible but it will definitely come up in next few years,’’ Anand Prakasam said.
CCCIR director Cyril Prasanna Raj said that objective of the MoU with EOS is of three aspects: “First, EOS will be establishing center of excellence in additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Second, the EOS will be associating with CIT for carrying out collaborative research and funded projects. The third important objective is consultancy and training.” He added that CIT will be able to use the facility of EOS to take consultancy project supporting all DRDO and government agencies and offer training programs to internal and external students in association with EOS.
EOS has proposed a training program consisting of 10 modules of 300 hrs – 400 hrs of duration. These 10 modules will be offered for students from 1st semester to 8th semester.
The first two modules are common to students of all branches and majorly focus on design engineering. The 3rd to 10 modules will be very specific for students from mechanical, electrical and civil engineering and will also be open for students from other branches.
“EOS has designed course curriculum to ensure that those students who are able to get certified through all the 10 modules will have job opportunities in 68 different countries as this certificate is recognized in all these countries,” CCCIR director said.
Students from first year will undergo design thinking program supported by EOS for which there is no eligibility criteria. After the program is conducted, those enrolled for higher levels program from level 2 to level 4, they must take written test and based on the selection process these students will be shortlisted for higher levels of program.
CIT students will be supported and encouraged to associate with the collaborating industry for internship, project training, skill development and product development. It allows to carry out training for all internal and external students on commercial basis. The resource required for training will be provided by industry partner and the training will be conducted utilizing existing infrastructure at the institutional premises.
Seminar, workshop, conferences and establishment of center of excellence will be organized in specific domain.
The MoU is valid for five years. The lab will be set up in 5,000 sq ft with basic facilities at two different locations in the campus. It will carry out regular operations such as research, product development, production and training.
Product Development and Entrepreneurship:
Innovation leading to product development will be jointly done by CIT and EOS that could lead to proposal writing, funding from external agencies and collaborative research. It also enables them to examine and explore future possibilities of working together with respect to joint evaluation of startup investments opportunities and entrepreneurship programs, ideathon/ bootcamps.
With Government of India emphasizing on establishing manufacturing sector and providing a lot of additional support to set up manufacturing sector, “students with additive manufacturing and 3D printing knowledge will have tremendous opportunities to take up job in all these manufacturing sectors particularly promoted by GoI. Lot of opportunities will be created in the global market as well,” Cyril Prasanna Raj said.
The design thinking skills and design aspects is part of its course curriculum is not very specific to mechanical engineers but to all the engineers. “This will create a kind of talent among engineering students on the process of design thinking, creativity and innovation which will enable them to understand the requirement in the industry and acquire the culture of design in the industry. For that we are creating opportunity for the students” he concluded.