Believing that we are in the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is predicted to fundamentally alter the way we work, live and relate to one another, the convergence of physical, digital and biological sciences will bring about profound changes in the way we design products and produce them, using either metal, ceramics, polymers, biological materials or composites. Thus, CDRSP-IPLeiria have been established new Postgraduate Programmes to prepare and skill a new generation of work force that can take up the emerging challenges in the area of the Direct Digital manufacturing, engaging both academia and industry. Consequently, an International Master Programme in Direct Digital Manufacturing of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria was recently established by CDRSP-IPLeiria and approved by the Portuguese Agency “Agência Portuguesa para a Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior-A3ES”. In Portugal, this is the unique postgraduate programme in this field and, to our best knowledge there are only 7 other courses in the world. Its multidisciplinary approach will support students from different engineering backgrounds. Additionally, a PhD Programme with industry in Direct Digital Manufacturing is being prepared by CDRSP-IPLeiria and University of Minho (Portugal) and it is expected to start in 2019. Moreover, a joint technical course on Direct Digital Manufacturing developed between CDRSP-IPLeiria and the Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional (IEFP) is ongoing.
Since the formation of CDRSP, many young researchers have been engaged in postgraduate training resulting in the following successful achievements:
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