The Department of ORIC Institute of Space Technology (Islamabad) recently opened a state of-the-art 3D printing and rapid prototyping innovation Lab (I-Lab). Innovation Lab is a newly established Lab located in ORIC Department Room 6210 for prototype developing of student ideas. The role of Innovation Lab is to provide an opportunity through design to move from theory to practice in a safe and supportive learning environment and also will be used for developing prototypes of different research projects for the purpose of commercial projections of the same. Innovation Lab facilitates to all engineering technology students of IST for developing prototyping of semester projects and final year projects. Because Modeling and prototype development are routine components of engineering processes, facilitated in recent years by advances in rapid prototyping technologies.
The next industrial revolution is all about personal fabrication, and it’s happening now. 3D printing is poised to unlock the potential in every person to create, innovate and fabricate. It’s already transforming manufacturing soon it will change the world. Our 3D printing and innovation Lab provide IST students with the skills in digital fabrication and Innovation that meet tomorrow’s business needs today. 3D printing has infiltrated nearly every industry, and we believe it is imperative for our students to understand this cutting-edge and pervasive technology. Equally important is placing our students at the nexus of design thinking, innovation, making, creative problem-solving and entrepreneurship.
We can print plastic models of almost any CAD design from STL file. i-Lab have two different type of 3D printers including (Fused Deposition Modelling) FDM and direct Ink write (DIW). FDM uses filament of polymer or composite as a feedstock and melt process to develop 3D objects. While DIW uses viscous pastes of polymer, ceramics, metals or composites and simple extrusion process to develop 3D objects.
Mehmood ul Hasan