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June 15, 2013

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Schumer welcomes HV-3D advanced manufacturing to region

KINGSTON – Years ago, local manufacturer IBM urged America to "Think Big." But according to US Senator Charles Schumer, the future of manufacturing is in thinking smaller than molecules.

Nanotechnology has arrived to the Hudson Valley, in the form of a new Advanced Manufacturing educational facility established at SUNY New Paltz, through a $1 million development grant from Hudson River Ventures.

The investment hopes to spark regional innovation in three-dimensional printing, a newfangled industry which builds objects from the atom-level up, using technology similar to a laser copier. The process is potentially powerful enough to revolutionize retail marketing, because it eliminates the need for outsourced factories.


Schumer, left holds a ‘widget’ generated by a 3D printer while area business and education officials look on

Currently, 3D Printing equipment is cost-prohibitive. HVEDC members believe the new college facility will serve a dual use as regional business incubator for 3D technology.

Schumer (D-NY) addressed the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation in Kingston Friday afternoon, urging education officials to fast-track an accredited 3D-Printing curriculum to prepare New York's future workforce.

"With all the parts working together, we're going to have a bright future in 3D Printing.” Schumer said. "New jobs, new technologies, countless new commercial products, and just think, we'll never run out of toner.”

"3D Printing is a growing industry, it's going to start booming," Schumer said. "You can do everything with 3D technology. There are huge opportunities with 3D printing."

Schumer cited expert forecasts of $4 billion worldwide 3D revenues by 2015.

"Why don't we start training the 3D printing workforce for the future? Let's start it early, and let's start it here," the senator said.

"It's such a wonderful opportunity for us to blend our interest and expertise in computer science, engineering, and the arts, to educate students in a way that's exciting in an academic environment," said SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian.

It also prepares them for workforce contributions in support of economic development in the Hudson Valley," Christian added.

"For us, you really can't have a thriving economy without a full birth to death model," agreed HVEDC president Laurence Gottlieb. "A big part of that is academia and workforce development."

 


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