Students in the University of Louisville's 3-D Printing Business Incubator get hands-on experience designing and prototyping new products, then get to pitch their innovations to potential investors.
The students form “startups,” then work together to design a product, prototype it using 3-D printing and build a business case around it that could compete for a future round of financing.
“We are excited to have a hundred design engineers leverage disruptive 3-D printing technologies to create business with new products for biomedical, industrial, transportation and consumer sectors,” said Dr. Sundar Atre, Endowed Chair of Manufacturing and Materials, who launched the incubator. “What they have accomplished this semester is truly extraordinary."
U of L faculty mentored the startups and an investment group coached them through launching the business. Each team was assigned a student project manager and a graduate student with relevant product research and development experience to serve as chief technology officer.