New University centre for innovation

The new Future Factory Research and Consultancy Centre brings together world-class technology including robotic arms, 3D printing and virtual reality.

A £500,000 refurbishment of Nottingham Trent University's (NTU) Maudslay building has created an exciting new space that brings innovative research together, ranging from devices that offer training for surgeons to technology to help companies cut down on energy costs.

The Future Factory Research and Consultancy Centre is developing world-class technology including robotic arms, 3D printing and virtual reality. Researchers, postgraduate students, professors and technical staff are working together with major organisations on a range of exciting projects.

One of the latest additions to the centre is a virtual reality headset. More commonly used for games, NTU and Nottinghamshire research and development firm VR-Med are collaborating to create a virtual reality platform that can be used to train surgeons.

Luke Siena, a PhD student and research assistant in the Design for Health and Wellbeing Research Group, said: "If you're a trainee surgeon then you don't know how you're going to cope with an emergency operation. This technology could help you to move around the operating theatre, learn where everything is and interact with the patient so you're well prepared when you find yourself in that situation for real."

The centre will be officially launched at an open event on Tuesday 19 April 2016. The event will provide the opportunity to discover more about how to work together with experts at the centre. Interactive sessions will explore a range of topics such as smart technologies and materials, the development of sustainable products, systems and buildings, and renewable energy systems.

New University centre for innovation

Published on 31 March 2016
  • Category: Business; School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment; School of Art & Design

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