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3D Printing Across Campus: The Smart Lab at Suny New Paltz

At the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, 3D printing is open to the entire campus, from mechanical engineering and art, to English and philosophy. The school’s SMART (Stratasys MakerBot Additive Research and Teaching) Lab is equipped with more than 40 3D printers including Fortus and Connex systems and more than 35 MakerBots. The lab is a great resource not only for the university, but for local businesses.

“We act as a central print service center for the entire campus and regional businesses,” said Dr. Daniel Freedman, dean of the School of Science and Engineering at SUNY New Paltz. “Local businesses come to our lab and explain a need they have, and we match them up with a student to design a solution.”


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3D printed art sculptures created by SUNY New Paltz students.

3D printed art sculptures created by SUNY New Paltz students.

“Finding these solutions is an iterative process that helps our students gain skills and has a real impact on the community around us. That’s something students can see and learn from.”

Dr. Daniel Freedman, SUNY New Paltz