Creation of the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz was announced during the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation’s (HVEDC) The Next Big Thing: 3D Printing conference. The new initiative was formally launched by HVEDC President and CEO Laurence P. Gottlieb during a breakfast hosted by New Paltz. The conference, attended by more than 300 entrepreneurs, artists, economic development experts, business and industry representatives, and students, was held on campus on May 30.
“3D printing provides a great opportunity for SUNY New Paltz to build on our strengths in the arts and in engineering and technology,” President Christian said. “We are excited to help lead this initiative that shows so much promise for our students and for economic development in the Hudson Valley and New York.”
The Center will bring state-of-the art 3D printing equipment to the region, as well as the expertise and curriculum needed to provide students with hands-on training in this growing industry. A new certificate program in Digital Design and Fabrication will begin this fall at New Paltz to help prepare students for jobs that incorporate 3D printing.
Ulster County businessman and HVEDC board member Sean Eldridge is spearheading a $1 million dollar investment to create manufacturing jobs and spark economic growth in the Hudson Valley. SUNY New Paltz has received a $250,000 investment from Eldridge, as well as a 3-year matching grant from Central Hudson Gas & Electric.
Watch a webcast of the event here.
At a meeting of the HVEDC Board of Directors, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer highlighted 3D printing as a dynamic and revolutionary technology that has the potential to remake the manufacturing industry in the Hudson Valley, create new jobs, and spur economic development. Schumer urged the New York State Board of Regents to include 3D printing as part of their new technical high school diploma, and praised SUNY New Paltz for offering 3D printing time to local businesses and increasing access to technology.
Read more about this initiative here.