3D Printing

RIT to Build New Facility for 3D Printing Research

Rochester Institute of Technology is equipping a new research facility devoted to developing next-generation 3D print materials and applications. The institution received a $500,000 grant from New York's Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program, which funds renovation or construction of academic facilities and high tech projects at higher education institutions across the state.

The 3,200-square-foot AMPrint Center for Advanced Technology "will serve as both a research and teaching facility for the university's students as well as its corporate partners," according to a news release. It will house technologies such as 3D printing and fusing equipment, direct-write printing equipment, analog printing and surface metrology technologies, as well as wet-chemistry infrastructure for synthesizing printable nano-materials.

"Our new AMPrint Center will help RIT serve as a focal point for applied teaching, research and development in additive manufacturing applications by bringing together expertise from a regional 'eco-system' of organizations from academia, government and corporations," said RIT President Bill Destler in a statement.

One of 15 Centers for Advanced Technology funded by New York State to "support academic-corporate-government partnerships in growth industries such as 3D printing," the AMPrint Center draws on university partners from Clarkson University and SUNY Paltz, as well as corporate partners such as Xerox, GE Research, Corning, Kodak and MakerBot.

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About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at rkelly@1105media.com.

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