February 26, 2015

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SUNY New Paltz to bring 3D printing technology to area community colleges

3D printing comes of age at SUNY New Paltz

NEW PALTZ – On the first anniversary of the SUNY New Paltz MarkerBot Innovation Center, the first of its type in the nation, the college announced Wednesday that it would fund 3D printers at Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Sullivan and Columbia-Greene community colleges.

In the one year since the 3D printer was established at New Paltz, the device has been used for a number of innovations with others on the horizon, said Daniel Freedman, dean of the School of Science and Engineering and director of the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center.

“We made a fender for an RV for an insurance company. We have prototyped things like motorcycle grips, bridal bouquet holders, all sorts of consumer products,” Freedman said. “We are working on some medical devices. We are working with some doctors from the Orange Medical Center on prototyping some things that I think would make a real improvement on how they carry out surgeries.”

In February 2014, the college partnered with Brooklyn-based MarkerBot, a manufacturer of desktop 3Dprinters, to open the nation’s first MarkerBot Innovation Center at SUNY New Paltz.

Freedman believes the field of medicine will be a prime area for 3D technology.


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