Fostering Ideas in Guadalajara: 3D Printing in Mexico

July 11, 2016

There is more to Mexican manufacturing than free trade agreements and cost-efficient resources. The county is home to a young population eager for employment opportunities and ready to invest in their future. To encourage citizens to succeed while appealing to foreign manufacturers, Mexico has established innovative education opportunities and collaborations for the benefit of its student population.

Guadalajara, Jalisco is the country's second most populated city, famous for a diverse culture and known as Mexico's Silicon Valley. The region also features a number of universities researching the latest manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing.

Innovation - 3D Printing in Mexico

To remain competitive in the manufacturing industry, companies must discover new technology and strategies that promote lean production lines. According to 3ders.com, a 3D printing news resource, Guadalajara's Universidad Panamericana recently introduced 3D printing technology to its campus and made it available to its student body.

This type of production science is growing in popularity in universities around the world. The technology was introduced to Guadalajara thanks to investments from a collaboration of 3D production companies. Now, students can research and experiment with layered manufacturing technology to discover new ways to fabricate supplies, perform assembly projects, and build products from the ground up with extreme precision.

As these students develop new solutions for industries that need carefully designed products, like medical device manufacturing, ideas are shared with local businesses and foreign partners. 

Collaboration in Education

The University of Texas at San Antonio, UTSA, created exchange programs with Mexican universities in Mexico City and Guadalajara to share research and create collaborative projects between professors and students in both countries. Representatives from the Texas institution visit Guadalajara to meet with students preparing for future careers in the healthcare industry.

As industries expand globally, collaboration becomes more important than competition. Innovative manufacturing techniques in the medical device manufacturing market are driven by healthcare research performed by local universities and partners around the world.  

Infrastructure

Between 2015 and 2016, tourism in Guadalajara grew 15 percent, according to Travel Market Report. This increased interest in the territory has prompted investment in local infrastructure, including a brand new 220-room hotel.

The tech boom in Guadalajara has lead to more business travelers, who make up 50 percent of all visitors in Mexico. Doing business in Mexico has become easier and more streamlined as the country's state of the art technology advancements keep up with the rest of North America. In addition to its many university students studying the latest manufacturing and medical technology, Guadalajara features satellite facilities for a variety of major U.S. tech brands. The Guadalajara International Airport provides direct flights to numerous U.S. destinations for this growing number of visitors.  

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