Tony VanAvermaete

Core Manager for the Fabrication Lab


Address:  Galvin Life Sciences Center, Notre Dame, IN  46556  USA

Anthony Van Avermaete joined the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2010 as a sophomore at Penn High School with an interest in the STEM field. He began under the direction of Matthew Leevy working in the Biological Imaging Core. After a couple of years experimenting in the imaging facility, he curved his direction back towards engineering and manufacturing. In the summer of 2012, the Biological Imaging Core acquired a MakerBot Replicator™ 3D Printer. He took a deep interest in managing and maintaining the machine. After several months of printing various successful prototypes including lab equipment, a new kind of preclinical anesthesia manifold, and even clinical anatomical data sets, the Biological Imaging Core acquired 4 more FDM printers including: MakerBot Replicator 2™, MakerBot Replicator 2X™, 3D Systems Cube®, and Lulzbot TAZ 5. They also acquired a Formlabs Form 1 SLA 3D printer and finally a Stratasys Objet30 Prime™ Polyjet 3D printer. In the Fall of 2016, with the procurement of the aforementioned equipment, and with the new acquisition of a Universal Laser Systems VersaLASER® 6.60, the University of Notre Dame Fabrication Laboratory was formed. Anthony has helped with several design patents, launched a preclinical anesthesia device startup company, In Vivo Concepts LLC, and has 3 research publications under his belt. Anthony currently serves as the Manager of the Fabrication Laboratory within NDIIF and is still under the direction of Matthew Leevy. Anthony’s proficiencies consist of 2D and 3D Modeling, rapid prototyping, and product development. He is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at Purdue Polytechnic.