NETC 2018  HOMECOMING LOGO  -  June 18-21,2018 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia
NETC 2018  HOMECOMING LOGO  -  June 18-21,2018 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia


NETC will provide tours Wednesday, June 20, 2018 between 2:00-4:30pm. Below please find the descriptions of each tour that you can select during registration.

All tours will be held in a window between 2:00 and 4:30pm on Wednesday, June 20th
Please visit the registration page to sign-up for one of the following tours:

DREAMS lab: facility tour

Welcome to the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Laboratory! The members of the DREAMS Lab are driven by a vision of the future wherein the layered fabrication techniques of today's "rapid prototyping" technologies are of a maturity to be considered as viable platforms for the manufacture of end-use artifacts. Their research mission is to be a leader in the transition of rapid prototyping technologies to the new paradigm of additive manufacturing.

Robotics lab facility tour:

The objectives of the Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory (RML) are to:

  • conduct advanced fundamental and applied research in robotics and mechatronics
  • educate at undergraduate and graduate levels in the fields of robotics and mechatronics
  • transfer university-based technology to the market place
  • collaborate with industry and government to serve their needs

Library Studios Tour

6 studios to Discover, Envision, and Invent Housed in the library is a 6-studio, 7-space network that offers the equipment, space, and services you need to explore and make. These spaces not only enhances the ability to produce great work---they also break barriers to make room for interdisciplinary collaboration, professional guidance, and cutting-edge digital experience. Here are 7 spaces where possibility lives:

  • 3D Design Studio
  • Data Viz Studio
  • Virtual Environments Studio
  • Fusion Studio
  • Media Design Studio A and B
  • Data Transformation Studio

Helmet Lab facility tour

We will provide a tour of the helmet lab that is responsible for the development of the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings program. This lab has transformed the helmet industry. Tests with football helmets, hockey helmets, bicycle helmets, and soccer head gear will be demonstrated. You can also learn about recent research into drone head impact testing (i.e., a drone malfunctions while flying over people).

Drone Cage demonstration tour

A 300' by 120' drone cage where experts will provide demonstrations using unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Cave facility tour

When objects become extremely large and complex, a virtual reality CAVE can be used to literally walk inside of these structures. For example, students and researchers can see and understand how complex objects work by literally walking into a bacteria cell or complex protein structure, a new architectural design, and insect- and watch its heart beat- or an array of dislocations moving near a crack in a ceramic material. The CAVE is a 3-D, immersive, multiperson, room-sized, high-resolution environment where students and their instructors can be surrounded and experience these complex structures together

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