The UP-3D Centre
The 3D Printing and Visualisation Centre of the University of Pécs (UP-3D) is one of the most unique institutions of its kind in the country.
The Centre has a wide range of entry-level and industrial 3D printers using a variety of technologies. In addition to fused deposition modelling (FDM) and industrial selective laser sintering (SLS), we also have a PolyJet machine using photopolymer with a wide colour palette, SLA printers using a similar principle, and a PolyJet machine optimised for digital dentistry.
Since the opening of the Centre, we have implemented a foundry and casting workshop where we mainly produced surgical suture pads, artificial wounds and artificial skins for some simulation training courses at UPMS, but we have also produced artificial skins for radioactive radiation penetration studies and other items for fine art projects.
In 2019, two new service elements were added to our portfolio. A materials testing laboratory was set up at the Centre, which is one of the best-equipped materials technology facilities in the region, capable of performing tensile, compressive, bending, impact and fatigue tests, hardness measurements and flow index determination, among other testing. We have also acquired 3D scanners that can scan everything from a tiny screw to entire buildings, including their exterior and interior. Our centre can scan every square centimetre of buildings waiting to be renovated, including outdoor sculptures, ornaments and monuments, making conservation and restoration a much easier process by using this technology to reproduce physical objects using 3D printing.
In addition, our engineers have mastered CAD design programs, finite element simulators and a wide range of programming languages. We strive to meet the needs of a wide range of customers as well as research and development partners, whether it's prototyping, small-scale reproduction or reverse engineering.
In 2020, the University of Pécs decided to create a new research and development umbrella organisation, the Center for Biomedical Engineering & Innovation (CBEI). As the "core" of this umbrella organisation that spans across faculties, disciplines and major projects, the Centre continues to act as a flagship venture for advanced technologies while managing the practical implementation of CBEI projects and implementing the full scope of its portfolio. This will allow it to focus on areas where it can be most effective in the future and where its activities and experts can truly support UP’s research, development and innovation activities.