Saratech Awards Research Grant to UC Irvine’s Engineering Department

Grant for the Study of Additive Manufacturing and Development of Advanced Training Techniques

Mission Viejo, CA – Saratech today announced that it has awarded a $30,000 grant to UC Irvine’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for research on additive manufacturing techniques and online learning advancement in Computer Aided Design (CAD), simulation and 3D printing.

“We are very excited to partner with UCI in support of advancements in engineering,” said Saeed Paydarfar, Ph.D., CEO of Saratech. “We want to educate and inspire current and future generations of designers, inventors, and engineers.”

In collaboration with the Institute for Design and Manufacturing Innovation (IDMI) at UCI, this grant will allow further research in a variety of additive manufacturing techniques and post-manufacturing processes using commercially available 3D printing machines.

Other research objectives include evaluating the effectiveness of delivering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) content online, specifically in the fields of CAD, simulation (using finite element analysis) and additive manufacturing.

“Saratech is a great partner and we are very thankful for their contributions to our educational and research mission in the area of advanced manufacturing,” said Lorenzo Valdevit, Associate Professor and Director of IDMI.

About Saratech
Saratech is an award-winning provider of engineering and digital manufacturing solutions including Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, engineering and consulting services, and manufacturing hardware. The Saratech team helps customers optimize their engineering and manufacturing processes by providing extensive product development expertise and technologies. Saratech’s goal is to help customers succeed by building long-term and resilient relationships. Saratech offers Siemens PLM CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM software solutions and a full array of 3D printers including HP, Markforged, BigRep, and UnionTech for both prototyping and production. Saratech is headquartered in Mission Viejo, California with sales and technical coverage across the United States. Visit for more information.

About the University of California, Irvine
Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit