New Paltz and MakerBot prepare to announce partnership

February 6, 2014

An exciting, new partnership has been formed between New Paltz and MakerBot, the global leader in desktop 3D printing. New Paltz will become the first college campus in the nation to house an “innovation center” with 30 MakerBot 3D printers accessible for students to use simultaneously. The center will combine the latest technology from the Brooklyn-based MakerBot with New Paltz’s established curriculum in digital design and fabrication. New Paltz was selected for this program because of this unique curriculum that combines the College’s strengths in fine arts and engineering.

3Dprinting-7442This partnership will build on the 3D printing initiative that was introduced on campus last spring, which began with private financial support of $1 million from Ulster County businessman Sean Eldridge of Hudson River Ventures and by Central Hudson and was awarded $1 million in economic development funding through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

In an event on Tuesday, Feb. 11, President Donald Christian; Director of the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at New Paltz Dan Freedman; and Interim Dean of the School of Fine & Performing Arts Paul Kassel will be joined by Eldridge; MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis; and Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC) President and CEO Larry Gottlieb to make this announcement and present more information about the positive impact this partnership will have on New Paltz students and the region. Pettis will give a lecture on the same day at 2 p.m. in Lecture Center 102.

Read more about New Paltz’s 3D printing initiative here.

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