“Adaptive technologies are our future, as Belarusian scientists are well aware. We already have a range of interested ‘players’ in this field, with Minsk city techno-park, Belarusian universities and NAS departments taking an active part. We plan to set up an association on adaptive technologies,” notes the First Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences, Sergey Chizhik.
Many technologies can be called adaptive, united in adding material (rather than removing ‘excessive’ material). Of course, financing is needed, as well as legislation and staff training.
The recent seminar discussed how best to establish a sci-tech cluster for 3D-printer production, bringing together such enterprises as Planar JSC, the Institute of Mechanics of Metal-Polymer Systems, the Institute of Powder Metallurgy, and the United Institute of Informatics Problems. “The cluster structure is new to us but we’ll probably try it with adaptive technologies,” adds Mr. Chizhik.
Micro-electromechanical systems (small volume sensors and systems) are a promising area for 3D-printers in Belarus. Moreover, they can be used in house construction, with concrete mixtures and powder metals. “We’re expecting proposals from scientists in other spheres for this printer,” Mr. Chizhik emphasises.
By Veniamin Mikheev