The Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (IMSE) department at the University of South Florida (USF) has a newly developed manufacturing and design laboratory for teaching undergraduate engineering students. The focus of this laboratory is to enhance manufacturing education while addressing the competency gaps currently existing between academia and the medical devices industry through this unique and innovative Virtual Manufacturing and Design Laboratory for Medical Devices (VirtualMDLab).
VirtualMDLab is sponsored by the College of Engineering at USF, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation, the Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and CareMed; in order to support the medical devices and equipment industry through the realization of industry projects that will prepare students for careers in design and manufacturing of medical devices.
The VirtualMDLab's modern design and manufacturing facilities include CNC lathes and milling machines, fused deposition modeling (FDM) rapid prototyping equipment, 3D printer, 3D laser scanner, virtual haptic interfaces, and CAD/CAM software. This laboratory adds another level of strength to the medical devices and equipment, rehabilitation and healthcare initiatives at the University of South Florida.
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