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An Interview with Neville Pinto and Robert Gebbie
May 28, 2015
Some of the largest growth areas for 3D printing over the next several years are likely going to be in the engineering and additive manufacturing industries where prototyping and fast turnaround times are of high importance. A new partnership between the University of Louisville and UL has resulted in a new center which will help engineers and researchers learn, grow, and make advances in technology. The UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center, or UL AMCC is set to open in the fall of 2015 on the campus of the University of Louisville. We reached out to the university and were able to connect with Dr. Neville Pinto, provost and dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and Mr. Robert Gebbie, a consultant on this venture. which is a new, and perhaps better way to approach the use of an umbrella. Responses below marked with NP are courtesy of Dr. Pinto, and those marked with RG are those of Mr. Gebbie. The interview was conducted via email, and the transcript is here below.
1) What was it that led you to initially look into an opportunity such as this? Were there previous partnerships between the university and UL?
2) What are the advantages, in your mind, of a university being involved with the UL AMCC?
3) Will professors and PhD students from the university have an opportunity to take advantage of the standards, patents, etc. that can be established by the UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center?
4) What types of printers will they be working with, at least initially, and also, what kinds of materials will they be working with?
5) What types of advanced courses will be offered during the first go-around in the fall?
6) What has been the reaction of the campus community at large and the administration with this process?
7) Have any local engineering firms or engineering firms beyond the region and state already expressed an interest in sending employees there?
8) Are there "qualifications" for someone to come and learn at the center? Are there any associated costs for companies who want their employees to participate in the program?
9) With the opening coming in the fall, what is a rough sketch of your timeline between now and then? What has to happen and when?