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A new 3D printer goes along with innovation

March 17th, 2017

The 3D Printer park at ECAM is growing: the school just received a new Raise 3D printer that will facilitate innovation projects for students, teachers, clubs, and entrepreneurs. Particularly easy to use, this printer can print pieces for a low price, often with the undercut structures that only this kind of technology can produce. This machine will be integrated into the ECAM Factory’s technological platform .

Among the first productions include a mount for the ECAM Aeronautic Club’s drone and a prototype of a braille tablet for the PRD (the Student Research and Development Project). This new 3D printer offers a multitude of functions and can use different materials (ex : PLA, ABS, PC, flexible materials…).

After a guided testing phase, the students will work this 3D printer on their own as part of their  program.

Welcome of Chinese high school students on campus

March 3rd, 2017

chinese students in a French school of engineering

Dedicated to a strong policy of globalizing its classes, ECAM Lyon recently integrated a consortium of prestigious French universities ((ESIGELEC Rouen, EIGSI La Rochelle, NEOMA Business School Rouen & Reims) to help recruit young Chinese students. In addition to a solid linguistic and scientific education in China—given in French—, followed by time spent in France before attending one of these 4 universities, the Chinese high school students enrolled in this program come to France for a sophomore or junior year to discover our country and the schools in the consortium.

As participants of the consortium’s program, ECAM Lyon hosted 65 young Chinese students from Nanhai (Guangzhou) and Guangming (Shanghai) high schools in January 2017. The program included a visit of the campus and its laboratories, course immersion, exchanges with ECAM student-engineers, and exploring Lyon.

Almost 10 of these high schoolers will attend ECAM Lyon in September 2017 to pursue one of our 5-year programs: ECAM Arts et Métiers or ECAM Engineering.

3 Questions for Maria Soledad Commissio, Teacher-Researcher in ECAM Engineering Program

February 21st, 2017

Maria Soledad Commissio joined the teaching team at ECAM Lyon in September 2016. Originally from Argentina, she holds a doctorate in Mechanics and teaches mechanics, chemistry and materials science to the brand-new ECAM Engineering class, whose students complete their degree program entirely in English. She also pursues her research at LabECAM with the Materials and Structures Group.  


You’ve traveled throughout the world for your studies and career. Tell us about your journey.

I’m originally from Argentina, where I studied engineering at the National University of Mar Del Plate. Afterwards, I received a PhD in industrial engineering at the University of Seville in Spain and then went on to Insa in Lyon to complete my postdoc. My research allowed me to pursue internships in biomechanics in Australia and Japan—very enriching experiences! Since September I’ve given mechanics, chemistry and materials science courses to the brand-new ECAM Engineering class that debuted this fall.

You easily juggle English, Spanish, and French. In your opinion, are there enough foreign-language courses provided in engineering studies?

An engineering degree program completed entirely in English makes its students considerable assets when entering the job market. English levels should indeed be improved in French higher education because companies require young graduates with linguistic fluency. In the ECAM Engineering program, both students and professors are of different nationalities, which allows for great diversity and a unique teaching environment.

What would like to convey to your future students?

It’s interesting to observe the different pedagogical approaches among my Chinese, French, or Syrian teaching colleagues. In Argentina, students and their professors are very close and I’ve discovered a similar availability and willingness to support students at ECAM Lyon. Also, my research in the mechanical characterization of materials is always pushing me to innovate and stay connected to the latest advances in my field…and, as such, to update constantly my teaching. The student-engineers are the first to benefit.

At 18, he designs his 3D printer

February 10th, 2017

Just after celebrating his 18th birthday, Ottavio Bortolin already has a precise plan for his future: to work with 3D printers. This passion that’s excited him for several years led him to finish a project, unrivaled for someone his age: the creation of a company intended to revolutionize the 3D printer market. In October 2016, after designing his own 3D printer, he launched a collaborative financing campaign alongside his engineering studies in the ECAM Engineering Program.

How did your project get started?

First, it’s a longstanding passion: at 15 I bought my first 3D printer kit. Right away, I wanted to make improvements and that’s how I created my own printer by using pieces I printed in 3D. I honed my skills, mostly by becoming a tester and writer for a site specialized in the field and I made my own 3D printer from A to Z, in accordance with very precise characteristics and functions. I first thought up the design and then I added the desired functions to propose a sufficiently-competitive alternative for the general public.

What are the characteristics of the Scuptr Delta 3D Printer?

With all the same functions of more expensive machines, the Sculptr Delta 3D printer is as perfectly suited for beginning makers as for experts. In particular, it features an integrated control panel screen, a heated bed, a device adapted for all kinds of filament rolls, and Bluetooth® connectivity. Everything is entirely made in France at our Lyon location and delivered already set up and ready to use. And, because I want to make this tool accessible to everyone, the Sculptr Delta is available for pre-ordering at 450€, which makes it one of the least-expensive 3D printers on the French market.
Every maker must have access to performing creation tools without breaking their bank! The Sculptr Delta sets itself apart from other inexpensive 3D printers by its operational capabilities of the series.

You began ECAM Engineering in September. Is becoming an engineer an obvious choice for you ?

Since I was very little, my head has always been full of so many ideas. I love inventing, working on innovative projects. In middle school, I designed Internet sites. Today, I’m passionate about 3D printers. I wanted to study engineering, but I was looking for a school that fit me. That’s why I came to ECAM Lyon with its ECAM Engineering program. In addition to its education and values, I was seduced right away by the school’s prominent entrepreneurial dimension. Plus, the ECAM Entrepreneur Club is helping me out with my 3D printer project.

What’s your project’s next step ?

The challenges I face today are good ways to test out my capabilities and motivation as a rising entrepreneur. In October 2016, I launched a collective financing campaign to help start the 3D printer production. The goal was set for 1,500€ and in barely three weeks, 1,300€ was raised. If I can get through the end of my fundraising campaign, I’ll officially be able to start my adventure!

Host Families for Foreign Students

February 2nd, 2017

Each year, ECAM Lyon hosts new foreign students within the framework of academic mobility and, more recently, in the context of the ECAM Engineering program launch. Today, they represent 10% of the youngest students on campus, a figure that should rise rapidly.

Both to foster their immersion in French culture and facilitate their stay, a host family program has been organized. Families living near campus have agreed to offer students, far from home, a comforting, attentive environment. Engineers, graduates of ECAM, are involved in this program.

First-Year ECAM Engineering Students Visit Turin

January 30th, 2017

First-Year ECAM Engineering Students Visit Turin

ECAM Engineering is a dual-degree program: each student engineer completes the ECAM Lyon general engineering degree and a Master of Science in Robotics or Industrial Design at a corresponding partner university. They spend the 4th year of their studies in the United Kingdom or in Italy: at Staffordshire (robotics concentration) or at Politecnico di Torino (industrial design concentration).

31 first-year ECAM Engineering students participated in the “Polito Orientation Week,” from November 2nd to 6 th. The program involved: getting to know the university, visits to companies (Alessi Italian design factory; Aurora, pen production) and cultural outings (Operae Design Independent Fair, National Automobile Museum, Cinema Museum, Mole Antonelliana, …)

  • Presentation on Polito di Torino by Pier Paol, a design professor
  • Visit to one of the Alessi company’s production lines
  • Visit to the National Automobile Museum

Visit of the National Automobile Museum
Visit of the National Automobile Museum