The sponsorship, which consists of two commercial licenses and ten educational licenses of a software programme known as SolidWorks, was facilitated by Alex Zavatone who had taught an IOS development course at NUST during late last year. He was highly impressed by what was being done by FABlab and campaigned for a donation of valuable software for the design and technology centre from Jim Chilton of Dassault Systemes in the USA.
The licenses will authorise FABlab to print objects in three-dimensional format (3D). SolidWorks is a comprehensive 3D design programme that combines powerful simulation and design tools to create one of the best 3D design solutions.
Kirstin Wiedow, Director of FABlab, said there is today no better way to understand and visualise an idea for a new innovation than to see it in 3D, rather than relying on imagination which at times is unreliable and inaccurate. “This 3D design software will allow us to virtually “walk through” any design, allowing the maker and end-user to change and adjust any component before final production, thereby cutting costs and time,” she explained.
She said that FABlab is thankful for this sponsorship and announced that the design centre will make the programme available to innovators at NUST by providing advanced technology towards new inventions and new product development.