Zortrax S.A and the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn signed an agreement that will start a long-term cooperation in the field of research, internship programs for students, transfer of knowledge and organization of scientific and technical events.
On January 11th 2018, at the “Stara Kotłownia” Exposition Center, located on the University of Warmia and Mazury campus in Olsztyn, there was an official meeting and signing of the agreement between the university authorities, and representatives of the Zortrax company. The agreement starts a long-term cooperation between the entities, which will be based on research, exchange of knowledge, organization of meetings and lectures on 3D printing technology and launching an internship program for UWM students. It will be the first of its kind cooperation between a company operating in the 3D printing sector and a university in Poland. In addition, Zortrax will support the university in current educational projects, by providing its own resources and print rooms, as well as substantive support from engineers and designers employed by the Company.
We have always emphasized that we are proud of our city. Every day we prove that you can conduct business with successes on an international scale in Olsztyn. Over the past year, we have passed a very important stage in the development of the Company – we almost doubled the number of our staff, significantly expanded department resources, created new ones, and adapted our structures to the upcoming challenges, said Zortrax CEO, Rafał Tomasiak. We have reached the stage, where we feel ready to share our knowledge and experience with universities, and we want to contribute to the education of future specialists in the field of 3D printing technology. Many of our specialists graduated from the University of Warmia and Mazury so it is a natural partner for us and we see the scientific potential in future generations.
Popularization of the 3D printing technology took place not so long ago, however, very quickly we noticed the potential that lies in students’ education and how it can profit in the future. We are not just talking about mechanics or robotics, but we can speak boldly about the use of this technology in medicine, veterinary, tele-informatics, aviation and many other areas. We attach a great importance to the practical use of knowledge by our students, which is why we are excited that they will have the opportunity to exchange experiences with specialists who work with 3D printing technology every day. We are also happy that a company from Olsztyn has joined our group of partners, a company that is very successful on the international market and has a very well-developed organizational structure, said prof. dr hab. Ryszard Górecki – Rector of UWM in Olsztyn.
Since the very beginning, Zortrax has placed a great emphasis on the education of the market in the use of 3D printing technology. Through cooperation with many start-ups, such as Photon, Slavic Monsters and universities, it aimed to build a conscious 3D printing community in Poland. Because of its innovative activity, the company has been awarded many prestigious awards, including the Economic Award of the President of the Republic of Poland, the “Visionary 2017” awarded by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, the Jan Wejchert Polish Business Roundtable Award and the “EY Entrepreneur of the Year” Award.
University of Warmia and Mazury has over 20,000 students from all over Poland and other countries and it is the most important cultural and educational center in Warmia and Mazury. Students develop their interests in more than 100 science clubs, and experienced staff has hundreds of successful publications and researches quoted by scientific centers all around the world. What’s more, in 2009, the UWM became the “Leader in the Implementation of Regional Innovation Strategies.” This is the crowning achievement of a three-year program in which university employees and graduates took part.