Grant Helps Queensborough Community College Get World-Class 3D Printing Lab

The goal of higher education is to prepare its students for the workforce in their chosen fields, but the students in the Engineering Technology 3D printing lab at Queensborough Community College (QCC) in New York already have resources that professionals would envy.

After receiving a $1.5 million CUNY 2020 grant in 2014, QCC jumped into action to set up its world-class 3D printing lab. Since the grant mandated that recipients connect academic programs with businesses to accelerate local economic development, QCC now provides workshops and courses to students, industry, college and high school faculty, and local organizations.


Anatomical hand designed and 3D printed by QCC mechanical engineering student Kevin Hernandes.

“To maximize our budget and impact we focused on the most sophisticated 3D printers possible. If we don’t have state-of-the-art equipment, there’s no reason for businesses to come to us.”

Michael Lawrence, Queensborough Community College