Lab3D(Laboratory for 3D print and virtual, augmented and mixed reality) is an innovative laboratory equipped with various technologies and instrumentation to support education in the biomedical field. Realized in 2019, Lab3D enables training of Higher Technicians on the enabling technologies of Industry 4.0 related to the biomedical sector such as: 3D Printing (additive manufacturing) and Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality (VR, AR, MR). Lab3D was created to enhance students' digital skills, making them more competitive and ready for the world of work.
The part devoted to the 3D printing was introduced because this type of technology is showing tremendous potential in the biomedical sector, from the fabrication of prosthetics to the prototyping of aids to clinical practice, from the fabrication of spare parts for biomedical instrumentation to the prototyping of supports related to disabilities and chronic conditions.
VR, AR, and MR technologies provide the necessary skills for the implementation of innovative software tools that are increasingly present in clinical settings, from operating rooms to territorial outpatient clinics for early diagnosis and motor and cognitive rehabilitation. These technologies can, as well, facilitate the education/training of clinical staff and support the maintenance activities of hospital and home clinical engineering technicians. In addition, VR and AR training offers a low-risk, guided learning environment where students can make mistakes and learn from them along the way.