An idea accelerator and innovation laboratory, Florida Tech’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design (CAMID) in Palm Bay is a place where entrepreneurs, startups and even teams from established industries can design and develop new products. CAMID provides the space, technologies and expertise.
Digital-modeling, simulation and visualization technologies
Expert assistance and Florida Tech faculty support
Project space, lab benches, lockable storage and conference room access
And so much more!
Meet the Staff
Juan C. Avendano Arbelaez
Director of CAMID
Juan C. Avendano Arbelaez | Director of CAMID
Dr. Juan C Avendano is the Director of the Center for Advance Manufacturing and Innovative Design at Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), Melbourne, FL. Dr. Avendano holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Systems Engineering and has published works in the development of data acquisition techniques and parametric representation of structural loading and surface defects for bridges. In addition, he holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering, a Master of Science in Engineering Management, and a bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Dr. Avendano has several years of teaching experience as an instructor at the Florida Institute of Technology. He has taught several courses, including the decision and risk analysis, systems modeling and simulation, and several introductions to engineering courses such as mechanical engineering and aerospace practicum.
Before joining Florida Tech as a director, Juan worked for several years in industrial SCADA systems and Product development. Juan has also managed several local nonprofits dedicated to technical education and industrial prototypes for new projects and startups, which gave him extensive knowledge of rapid manufacturing techniques and AGILE software development.
His academic research focuses primarily on Smart Structures, Structural Health Monitoring, machine learning techniques for structural health analysis, and advanced manufacturing techniques.
STEM Outreach Manager
Jared Campbell | STEM Outreach Manager
Jared Campbell is the STEM Outreach Manager at Florida Tech’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design. He has recently completed an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in STEM Education with a focus on Educational Technology from Florida Tech, has a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems also from Florida Tech, and a bachelor’s degree in Science Education from UCF. Jared has been an award-winning instructor of science and technology education since 2002. While teaching at the secondary level, Jared achieved the prestigious National Board Certification, was awarded Teacher of the Year, participated in the Zero-G Flights of Discovery program, and was named Exemplary Science Teacher by the Space Coast Science Educators Alliance. Over the years, he has designed countless lessons, mentored hundreds of teachers, developed a library-based Teacher Assistant Support Group, and has been a founding member of the Florida Tech Teaching Council. His experience and expertise have given him a unique perspective which allows him to continuously inspire and motivate his students.
Maria Fernanda Sagastume
Community Coordinator and STEM Designer
Maria Fernanda Sagastume | Community Coordinator and STEM Designer
Marifer Sagastume is a PhD student in Human-Centered Design at Florida Tech. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and STEM Education as well as an MBA in Healthcare Management from Florida Tech. She is a very involved student and volunteers with the WeVenture Women's Business Center at Florida Tech and with Reinvented Magazine (the nation's first print magazine for women in STEM). Marifer has industry experience from her different roles at Medicomp, a local cardiac monitoring company and she is passionate about inspiring and mentoring young girls in careers in STEM.
The Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design (CAMID) is dedicated to helping your business and entrepreneurial efforts succeed by providing year-round development and support in six key areas:
Access to Florida Tech Faculty and Graduate Students
Advanced technical skills and knowledge can be challenging to find. Florida Tech is home to a wide range of high-demand academic and professional researchers from various fields. A Florida Tech CAMID membership grants access to such expertise, whether a world-renowned faculty member, one of our advanced graduate students or one of our highly trained staff members.
Mentors are invaluable resources when starting or growing your business or project. A Florida Tech CAMID membership will provide access to mentors who understand where you are and have the vision to help you navigate the future. Often, having access to someone who has been there before is all that is necessary to take you to the next level.
IP Development, Support and Protection
Today’s marketplace is a very sophisticated landscape. Commercializing intellectual property often requires help from experts in the technology-transfer process. Whether you need help in licensing, patents or some other area of IP, a Florida Tech CAMID membership will provide the access you need.
Company Setup, Launch and Acceleration
Launching new ventures can be a daunting task. Florida Tech is home to leaders who have brought scores of technologies to market. Joining Florida Tech’s CAMID will incubate your business, provide the tools necessary for a successful launch and then provide the expertise to accelerate it.
Florida Tech CAMID workshops are available with every membership. These will provide the skills and knowledge you need in a fun and engaging way. In these hands-on, minds-on workshops, you will learn about ever-evolving topics, such as additive manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, business topics, science, etc.
Florida Tech has a network of business leaders and individuals who are very interested in discovering the next big thing. Innovators often seek the capital to bring their idea to market. A CAMID membership can help bridge that gap by introducing your project to interested parties.
The Fabrication Bay at CAMID allows users to use CNC mills and other types of machine shop tools to manufacture prototypes. The room is equipped with assembly and metalworking tools, including drill presses and saws, and a large roll-up door for larger items. Workbenches are available for users to assemble and manipulate small and large assemblies.
The metal workshop room contains heavy duty equipment aimed to the fabrication of metal parts. The room contains a top-notch water jet cutter, capable of cutting metal parts up to 4 inches thick. There are also plasma cutters, welding machines and working benches to develop projects.
The Automotive Bay at CAMID allows for the exploration of transportation technologies; the room currently houses the world-renowned Formula SAE competition project at Florida Tech. The space will also accommodate an upcoming Funny Car Project by Larsen Motorsports, collaborating with Florida Tech, bringing high-tech research opportunities to students. The room is equipped with a gantry crane, engine hoist, a Miller 212 Millermatic welder and automotive disassembly tools for your project needs.
The robotics room contains several electronic benches, provided with oscilloscopes, soldering stations, multimeters and fume extractors. A variety of 3D printers allow users to print in PLA, ABS, Onyx and even carbon fiber reinforcements. An SLS printer is also available. Two robotics teams have designated space in the room to develop and test their robots.
Euclideon Hologram Table:
1.2-by-1.2-meter screen with an embedded projection system that can project objects to a height and depth of roughly 1 meter.
HTC Vive Pro:
Wired VR headset and controller combo with high-resolution AMOLED screens and 3D spatial sound.
Samsung Odyssey Microsoft Mixed Reality Headset:
Wired VR headset and controller combo with 3K anti-SDE AMOLED display (2880x1600- pixel) and built-in AKG headphones with 360° spatial sound and mic.
Wireless VR headset and controller combo with a diamond Pentile OLED display and embedded speaker.
Artec 3D Spider:
Wired handheld 3D scanner used to scan small- to mediumsized objects
Artec 3D LEO:
Wireless handheld 3D scanner capable of scanning small- to large-sized objects
Faro Focus M:
Tripod-mounted laser 3D scanner capable of scanning room-sized objects
OptiTrack: Industry-leading precision motion capture and 3D-tracking systems for video game design, animation, virtual reality, robotics and movement sciences
Formlabs Fuse 1 (SLS):
Benchtop selective laser sintering 3D printer capable of printing support-free nylon parts with high geometric complexity
Itamsys Funmat HT:
High-temperature 3D printer capable of printing highperformance functional materials like PEEK, ULTEM and PPSU with 50-micron high resolution.
Continuous carbon fiber reinforced, flame resistant, chemical resistant, energy absorbent, high resolution, draft parts micron-level laser scanning for closed-loop calibration, reliably yielding parts with 50-micron repeatability
Anycubic, Photon Mono 4K:
This printer can print up to 16.5x13.2x8 centimeters at a time, which gives it a 1.7 L total build volume. The high-resolution ability of this printer brings vivid details to your 3D models with extremely sharp and clear edges and corners.
3D Printer Farm:
CAMID has an Ender 3-pro print farm installed in our STEM room, which is capable of printing multiple models at once. Each Crealty Ender 3-Pro offers a build volume of 220x220x250 millimeters, a magnetic bed and a tight filament pathway that makes it easier to work with flexible materials.
The MethodX printer uses thermal regulation to evenly heat and control the print environment leading to parts that are twice as strong on the z-axis and more accurate than most 3D printers. Our MethodX printer uses onyx filament and carbon fiber filaments and has dual performance extruders for well produced prints.
The CAMID Podcast and Video Studio includes a RodeCaster Pro mixing board with Bluetooth connectivity for creating podcasts. The podcast studio features condenser microphones and a sound effects board for producing professional sounding podcasts without Click here to listen a huge learning curve. The RodeCaster Pro mixing console is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity so that you can also record guests via a cellphone without trouble. The video studio boasts a large green screen and lighting to help capture the shots you need.
Our Palm Bay Lounge provides a colorful networking space for your next meeting. It also includes large wall-mounted touchscreen computers and monitors for displaying videos, presentations and other information.
The CAMID conference rooms are equipped with large tables, comfortable chairs, video conferencing equipment, computers and whiteboards. Our conference rooms can hold 15–30 people and include coffee machines and a fun popcorn maker to help keep your creative ideas flowing.
The large event space at CAMID can hold events of up to 115 people. It is equipped with networked video screens, an audio system, wireless handheld and lavalier microphones, plenty of tables and chairs, and a podium that has been manufactured out of airplane parts.
The Tinker Shed includes a few specialty 3D printers and electronic workbenches for creating your next project. Some of the specialty 3D printers include a chocolate printer as well as a pancake printer. Who ever said that tinkering couldn’t be delicious!?