SUNY New Paltz Smart Lab Connects Businesses, Students, and Community
The Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center (HVAMC) has been adding value to the education of students at SUNY New Paltz through their Stratasys-MakerBot Additive Research & Teaching (SMART) Lab. The HVMAC became a designated SMART Lab in 2016 and has been instrumental in giving students hands-on learning experience with 3D printing. Its resources and accessibility led it to becoming an integral part of campus, woven into nearly every eld of the university. The lab opening also came with the introduction of a new minor, Digital Design and Fabrication. The minor is designed to teach students how to use computer software and integrate into 3D printing. Although the minor is only a year old, it is already at full capacity with over 60 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. The minor is designed to prepare students to conceptualize and design for 21st century manufacturing.
Students learn the skills they need that businesses look for and benefit from.
“It’s great for students to get an understanding of what’s needed in the workforce and then get the skill set they need in order to succeed.”
Kat Wilson, Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center