Laboratoriet er utstyrt med to 3D printere som benyttes til å lære studenter prinsippene med plast 3D printing. Fakultetet har også en rekke andre 3D printere i Narvik (lenke).
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is not a new technology on the market. It is also known as Rapid Prototyping (RP), Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) and 3D printing. AM technology was developed in the 1980s to rapidly create prototypes to represent models of parts before those are built as final products. Today, Additive Manufacturing is used for a wide range of applications: concept, design, custom parts manufacturing, test or short production runs, fitment-testing, production moulding forms, and ready-to-use products. Modern technologies have advanced significantly both programmatically and technically during recent years. 3D-printed components are now a common thing. They are now closer to the final product, can be manufactured quickly in large quantities and are much cheaper to produce than before. Advanced machines, raw materials, technologies, modern software are more affordable and easily accessible. The high quality of the final products makes this manufacturing method fast developing and highly competitive with the conventional production techniques already today. AM technologies are developing rapidly, and their significance in modern manufacturing is continuously growing.
Additive manufacturing lab at the Department of Industrial Engineering has three FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) 3D printers, which are used, by the students and university staff in different projects. These printers are able to produce prototypes and ready-to-use products from different types of plastic.