MakerBot Europe and LIUC - Università Cattaneo Partner to Bring the First MakerBot Innovation Center to Europe
LIUC's MakerBot Innovation Center brings 3D printing and prototyping to
students and enterprises to experience Digital Manufacturing
STUTTGART, Germany & CASTELLANZA, Italy--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
LIUC - Università Cattaneo recently signed an agreement on the first
MakerBot Innovation Center in Italy. It is also the first MakerBot
Innovation Center in Europe.
"We are excited about bringing the first MakerBot Innovation Center to
Europe", said Alexander Hafner, General Manager with MakerBot Europe.
"The opening of the MakerBot Innovation Center will represent a great
chance to empower students, faculty and professionals to innovate, keep
pace with developments and will prepare students for the business
challenges of tomorrow".
The MakerBot Innovation Center for LIUC includes 20 MakerBot® Replicator
3D Printers (three MakerBot Replicator® Mini Compact 3D
Printers, 12 MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers, five
MakerBot Replicator® Z18 3D Printers). The MakerBot
Innovation Center Management Platform is the central aspect of the
MakerBot Innovation Center. It helps to manage and link all 20 MakerBot
Replicator 3D Printers, provides remote access, print queuing and mass
production of 3D prints.
"MakerBot Europe is providing the consulting, technical support, and
training needed to set up the MakerBot Innovation Center at LIUC. We are
bringing in Energy group from Bentivoglio, our MakerBot Authorized
Reseller Gold, to provide the 3D Printers and technical support for
LIUC", said Dr. Jochen Zimmer, Director Professional Services with
"From next year our Engineering students will have the chance to
challenge their skills in designing and manufacturing prototypes in the
context of simulated startups. The MakerBot Innovation Center will allow
us to continue and develop the activities carried out by SmartUp, giving
our students a concrete opportunity of hands-on experience with the next
technologies of digital manufacturing, which are increasingly part of
the everyday life of enterprises", said Prof Luca Mari, Director of
SmartUp - Digital Manufacturing Laboratory and Professor in the School
of Industrial Engineering of LIUC.
The companies of the Province of Varese are allied in the Unione degli
Industriali della Provincia di Varese. The main goal of this union is to
support the development and the growth of the member companies and the
LIUC, that offers academic curricula in Management, Law and Engineering,
was established through the sponsorship of this association.
Furthermore, the MakerBot Innovation Center will be carried out with the
help of the researchers of SmartUp - Digital Manufacturing Laboratory.
SmartUp is a project with the goal to spread the culture of digital
manufacturing and has been developed by the LIUC and the Unione degli
Industriali della Provincia di Varese.
"This project", noted Samuele Astuti and Mauro Mezzenzana, Innovation
Center Team Leaders, "is aimed at supporting companies that are moving
toward product and process innovation in order to get new market
opportunities in a highly competitive environment."
LIUC will hold its grand opening of the MakerBot Innovation Center in
June and the university will welcome partners, teachers, students and
their families for this big event. There will be courses for the LIUC
students and also for entrepreneurs, technicians and professionals.
Students and teachers of local schools will also have the chance to join
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys
Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by
setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing.
Founded in 2009, MakerBot has built the largest installed base of
desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry-leading customers
worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and
consumers. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com
MakerBot Europe GmbH & Co. KG is located in Stuttgart, Germany, and
manages the sales and distribution of MakerBot products in Europe and
supplies training and support for customers, resellers and distribution
channels, as well as programs to integrate 3D printing in the education
sector. MakerBot products are available throughout the whole world,
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About LIUC - Università Cattaneo
The LIUC - Università Cattaneo is situated in Castellanza, a small town
in Northern Italy that lies 25 kilometers North West of Milan, close to
the Malpensa International Airport. It is an independent university that
has developed rapidly since it was established in 1991 by the Industrial
Association of the Province of Varese (UNIVA) with the purpose of
providing innovative higher education with a strong regional focus.
The teaching model at LIUC - Università Cattaneo is highly innovative
and characterized by the links between economic, legal and technological
aspects, in order to provide a unified view of a company with its
functions and its problems. This means that today, in the Degree courses
in Business Administration and Management there is an emphasis on
technological dynamics, economic, organizational and strategic; in the
Degree courses in Law, an emphasis on strong legal and economic
characterization and broad international openness; and in the Degree
courses in Industrial Engineering an emphasis on management methods and
The University is housed in a nineteenth century cotton mill which has
been beautifully restored by the world famous Italian architect Aldo
Rossi, winner of the Pritzker Prize. The mill, and the other buildings,
including Villa Juker, are surrounded by over 90,000 square meters of
green space, which includes the adjoining Parco LIUC.
Tina Röschmann, +49 711 2283834
- Università Cattaneo
Francesca Zeroli, 0331 572 541
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