Tomsk Polytechnic University’s school for post-graduate studies has recently launched a new course “Additive Manufacturing of Nanocomposite Products”. The university, the first in Russia, will educate additive manufacturing (AM) technology developers able to create 3D-printers to print details and constructions and develop materials for them as well. TPU Executive Secretory of Admission Board Vitaly Drobchik told TASS news agency that the new master’s degree program would start this autumn.
“We will educate professionals in the area of engineering design and determination of operation modes for the equipment to print a ready object out of a computer. And besides, not just specialists using 3D-printers available to purchase but unique specialists able to develop such a printer for certain materials and tasks,” said Vitaly Drobchik to the agency. According to him, there are competences in Tomsk Polytechnic University: the school is the developer of the equipment and materials for additive manufacturing technologies. In autumn TPU is going to intake the first students for the program. There are 10 state-funded places.
TPU has already developed additive manufacturing in scientific and educational activities. In spring, the Russia’s first nanosatellite (CubeSat) with 3D-printed housing was sent to the International Space Station. Currently, TPU scientists develop a 3D-printer for zero gravity conditions.