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An Impressive Facility

January 22, 2011

Filed under: additive manufacturing,education,manufacturing,review — Terry Wohlers @ 16:19

I’ve had the opportunity to visit many educational facilities over the past 20 years, but I have never seen anything like the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) in Florence, South Carolina. This new, world-class building offers the best of the best: an 800-person auditorium with a 2,700-watt surround sound system; a conference and exhibition center that can seat 800 people at tables; classrooms and CAD labs with the latest audio/visual equipment; and a beautiful executive boardroom. Top management at Fortune 100 companies would salivate over the place, including the dramatic lobby and open floor plan.

SiMT offers equipment and space for design, prototyping, and manufacturing. The 3D/Virtual Reality Center is one of only six Interactive Digital Centers in the world. Separately, two spacious labs house four large-frame additive manufacturing systems, including a new Fortus 900mc from Stratasys.

A visit to the facility earlier this week refreshed my memory of how impressive it really is. SiMT held a very successful forum on additive manufacturing in February 2010, which I had the privilege of attending. Planning is now underway for the second forum, which is scheduled for April 19, 2011. Add it to your calendar and plan to visit this one-of-kind facility. I hope to see you there!