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New SMART Lab at SUNY New Paltz Provides Expert Advice on 3D Printing for Student Education, Business Community

Stratasys Ltd., the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, announced that The Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at The State University of New York at New Paltz, (SUNY New Paltz) has opened an additive manufacturing superlab, which has received Stratasys designation as a “SMART lab” (Stratasys MakerBot Additive Research & Teaching).

The New SMART Lab at SUNY New Paltz contains over 40 MakerBot 3D Printers and various industrial-grade Stratasys 3D Printers available for students and the surrounding community. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center (HVAMC) provides expert advice on 3D printing processes, materials and design for both student education and the Hudson Valley business community.

The 3D printing lab is one of the country’s most advanced 3D printing superlabs (defined as employing high-end 3D printers of both PolyJet and FDM technologies). The lab, which opened on June 22, features a suite of advanced Stratasys 3D printers, including an industrial-grade Objet260 Connex multi-material 3D Printer, a Fortus 400mc Production 3D Printer, two Dimension units, and over 40 MakerBot 3D Printers. The lab will be open to the entire campus from engineering and art students, to English and philosophy students, as well as educators. The lab will also serve as a central 3D printing service center for the surrounding communities and business, helping to grow the Hudson Valley economy.

“Our designation as a SMART lab is huge step for the HVAMC.” Says Dan Freedman, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering and Director of the HVAMC. “The combination of our unique focus at the interface of art, engineering and science, and the recognition and support by the world's leading manufacturer of 3D printers, will move us to an unparalleled interdisciplinary educational experience, help us support regional businesses, and give our faculty the tools and expertise to do cutting-edge scholarship in art, engineering and design.”

In cooperation with the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, a comprehensive resource for business in the area, the SMART Lab at SUNY New Paltz shows the promise to attract new business and economic growth to the Hudson Valley area. The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation was instrumental in working with the College to plant the seeds of additive manufacturing and mechanical engineering programs currently available to all students, local businesses and community members.

“We’re continually impressed with the industry partnerships SUNY New Paltz is engaged in. The investment they have made in industrial-grade additive manufacturing equipment in the SMART Lab, combined with its expert staff, is allowing increased access for all,” says Gina Scala, director of global marketing, Stratasys Education “It’s exciting to see economic development for local industry and academic development collide, creating fireworks of innovation and benefit for all.”

Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz

The HVAMC provides expert advice on the 3D printing process, materials and design for additive manufacturing to the SUNY New Paltz and the Hudson Valley business community. Our collection of 3D printers constitute some of the most advanced technology at any academic lab in the country and is available for the campus and wider community. SUNY New Paltz’s interdisciplinary minor in digital design and fabrication encourages research and innovation across fields to provide students a foundation in design thinking for a modern world.


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