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Warwick University opens new £50m digital-manufacturing laboratory

Warwick University in the UK is this month opening a £50m ‘digital laboratory’ which, it says, will enable industry and other organisations to work together to develop new technology and techniques in manufacturing.

The lab will focus on digital manufacturing, e-security, e-business, mass customisation, and healthcare, according to the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the department running the new facility.

“British industry risks lagging behind low-cost emerging markets that are continuing to develop their manufacturing excellence,” said Mark Pickering, director of development at WMG.

“The work of the digital laboratory will inspire academia and industry to collaborate on new technology and techniques within digital manufacturing and help position UK manufacturers as the best in the world.”

The lab will also offer free use of product-lifecycle-management software, which is being provided by German engineering group Siemens at a cost of £22m, according to the company. It is Siemens’ largest project with a UK university.

“This agreement will allow postgraduates, WMG staff and their clients to visualise and interact with a digital product,” said Guy Langley, vice president and managing director, UK, Siemens PLM Software. 

“At the same time, Siemens PLM Software will be able to further develop and train our staff in the latest techniques in digital manufacturing and drive opportunities to work with WMG and its clients. We’ll also gain additional feedback in the use of our tools in a leading-edge environment.”

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