SUNY Cobleskill Invests in MakerBot Starter Lab, Initiating 3D Technology Use in an Educational Setting

printersSUNY Cobleskill is proud to be in the forefront of innovation, partnering with MakerBot Industries to provide the campus community with access to a MakerBot Starter Lab. The College is one of the first schools to invest in this cutting-edge 3D printing technology, sought out by MakerBot as one of its three locations nation-wide to pilot this package.

The MakerBot Starter Lab is projected to improve student learning outcomes through creativity. Access to this lab presents interdisciplinary opportunities for using hands-on 3D design, 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing (AM) in an educational setting. Academic programs and support services interrelated to 3D design and printing are anticipated to be developed at SUNY Cobleskill, benefiting students and faculty at the College and at partnering campuses.

“Given the wide applicability of 3D design, 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing (AM), we expect to attract significant interdisciplinary interest throughout the SUNY Cobleskill campus,” said James Dutcher, Chief Information Officer at SUNY Cobleskill. “The MakerBot Starter Lab offers novel ways to break barriers between the worlds of hard science, engineering and the arts.”

The MakerBot Starter Lab became fully operational at SUNY Cobleskill on March 13, 2015. Students and faculty will be able to utilize these printers in the same way they currently use paper printers. These machines will be operational in Warner Building and the Van Wagenen Library at SUNY Cobleskill. The printing machines located at the Van Wagenen Library were purchased with grant monies. Opportunities for cross-campus, multi-SUNY and local high-school partnerships are already being facilitated by grants.

“At SUNY Cobleskill we strive to provide our students with the resources needed to be relevant in their respective field of study. We are very excited to be partnering with MakerBot Industries and look forward to exploring the enormous opportunities ahead for our students, faculty and staff to utilize this extraordinary technology,” remarked Dr. Debra H. Thatcher, Acting President of SUNY Cobleskill.