Established in 2017, the University Research Facility in 3D Printing (U3DP) is another major step taken by the University to enhance and promote the culture and environment in which research can thrive and excel.
The U3DP is:
The U3DP welcomes PolyU staff, researchers and students to utilize its facilities and expertise to excel their research and academic projects.
Located next to PolyU IC, the U3DP is conveniently supported by IC's technical workshops in various pre/post-process technologies as well as its expertise with 20 years+ solid research support, development and application experience in 3DP.
3D Printing, also known as Additive Manufacturing (AM)1 is a revolutionized manufacturing technology first introduced in the late 1980's. It is a process of producing a physical model layer by layer in accordance with the geometrical data derived from a 3D digital or CAD (computer-aided design) model.
Parts (3D objects) made by 3D Printing can be further applied to or post-processed by other technologies or processes to meet different needs and requirements. The use of different and new materials, on the other hand, is also expanding the possibilities of 3D Printing applications. Materials such as plastic, metal, plaster, food ingredients or even concrete can now be applied to 3D Printing. Rapid development in the 3D printing technology and manufacturing processes implies that the potential applications of 3D Printing are still expanding.
PolyU has introduced the rapid prototyping and 3D printing technology and facilities to its staff, researchers and students since 1990's. In the last decade, development and progress of 3D Printing are truly exciting. New technologies, materials, tools and equipment break down obstacles and barriers and open up new opportunities in all fields and industries. Unimaginable applications are emerging in every aspect, speeding up another wave of new technology advancement and revolution. The use of 3D Printing and the changes it brings to the manufacturing and the entire world is phenomenal.
1 Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a term adopted by ASTM International in 2009 to describe technologies that fabricate parts (3D objects) using an additive approach - parts are made by adding material in layers. Well-known and popular terminologies such as Rapid Prototyping (RP) and 3D Printing (3DP) are included under the umbrella of Additive Manufacturing.
The U3DP aims at providing all-round support for PolyU staff,
researchers and students in applying various types of 3D printing technologies
to excel their research works and academic study.
It provides education and research opportunities for PolyU community.
It serves as a technology and knowledge hub of 3D printing technologies to unleash students' imagination for innovation and enhance their interest in design and make.
It opens up new initiative for research and industrial collaboration.
If you need help or support service from the U3DP other than the normal opening hours, you can approach our i-help desk at 5/F for special arrangement.
U3DP welcomes request for visit from secondary schools, colleges, universities, institutes, professional associations, government offices, business corporations, etc. for education, research collaboration and exchange purpose. Yet priority of the use of/visit to U3DP will be given to various activities scheduled and booked by the University, its staff and students.
Prior visit appointment is requested. Interested parties please submit your application for visit through the following e-application.
Mr Edward Yau, GBS, JP, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, HKSAR Government paid a visit to PolyU and U3DP on 24 April.
PolyU's Occupational Therapy students have successfully deployed 3D Printing technologies to create different assistive devices, helping those people with physical disabilities to improve their quality of lives. These students have completed a short course on 3D Printing delivered by IC and some of them further utilized the 3D Printing facilities in the U3DP to print and fabricate their devices. Let's have a look to some of their works.
Around 50 PolyU staff and students designed and made their Christmas gifts by 3D Printing during our two 3D Printing Workshops held on Tuesday, 12 December. The workshop included DIY, facility tour, service briefing and souvenir making sessions. Two more workshops will be offered in the coming Thursday, 14 December.
Delegation of Education Bureau led by Mr Kevin Yeung, Secretary for Education; Mr Brian Lo, Deputy Secretary for Education (Further & Higher Education Branch) and Mr Ronald Ling, Assistant Secretary for Education (Further Education) visiting U3DP on Thursday, 26 October 2017. They were accompanied by PolyU's Council Chairman Mr Chan Tze-ching, Deputy Chairman Dr Lam Tai-fai, Treasurer of the University Dr Lawrence Li, President Prof Timothy Tong, Deputy President and Provost Prof Philip Chan and Vice-President (Research Development) Ir Prof Alex Wai.
Enroll now for Seminar on An Innovative Aerosol jet Technology for Printing Conformal Electronics on Non-planar Substrates to be held on 28 April 2017. For more information on the seminar, please refer to the leaflet.
PolyU collaborates with Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) to design and make the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) Simulation System to help doctors and medical staff to train on the operation of TAVI.
Patients who suffered from aortic stenosis cannot open or close the aortic valve properly which will strain their heart and affect the flow of blood into and out of their heart. TAVI is a new and innovative approach to the treatment of severe aortic stenosis. Previously doctors can only observe the implantation conducted by senior doctors during real operations. To facilitate the training of doctors and medical staff, PolyU and QEH collaborates to design and make the TAVI Simulation System for QEH to conduct the training in a real simulation and safe environment repeatedly. It took around 6 months for PolyU and QEH to design and make the system.
PolyU has adopted the use of 3D Printing technology in the making of the TAVI Simulation System, which has shortened the production time tremendously. Major components were all printed by 3D Printing, including the artery and blood vessels. They are 3D-printed by using patient's CT scan. Compared with the available systems on the market, our system has adopted new features suggested by QEH including a light box and C-arm imaging system which makes the system more versatile and effective.
The system has been used by QEH in their in-house TAVI training. More training workshops will be conducted with the use of this new TAVI Simulation System.
Welcome to the world of 3D printing!
With the rapid development of 3D Printing all over the world and 3D printers became more accessible to consumers, companies, design community and 3D printing lovers have gradually developed platforms and forums for discovering, making and sharing their 3D printable collections. Some of them are open platforms and all designs are free for sharing. You will also find many scholarly studies and reports on this emerging technology.