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Montclair State University Opens a MIX Lab with 35 MakerBot 3D Printers on Campus

by • February 23, 2016 • No Comments

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One way to follow how 3D printing is influencing higher education is to follow the number of campuses adding 3D printing spaces which allow students access to all of the latest technology, while opening it up to professors of many departments as well. One many new example of higher education’s assist for 3D printing is discovered at New Jersey’s Montclair State University. Located in the city of Montclair, the campus’ new MIX Lab is a say of the art facility which provides an great example of how 3D printing can be integrated onto college campuses while in addition involving the local community.

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The MIX Lab is located in the Feliciano School of Business’ Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship. MIX stands for “Making and Innovating for X” — with the X in the name serving as an open-ended appeal for the Lab to assist formerly unknown and paradigm shattering projects. The Lab officially opened on February 18, 2016 with a panel discussion on 3D printing and tours, and its 35 MakerBot 3D printing equipment were may already on the market in August to the students enrolled in the University’s “Entrepreneurship, Lean Manufacturing and 3D Design” certificate program.

Director of the Feliciano center for Entrepreneurship, Dennis Bone, describes the Lab’s focus on problem-solving:

“This is a lab where students come to solve problems. We have to come up with new ways to appear at the world, to manufacture changes, to come up with new ideas. That’s what technology is all about.”

It seems which students have may already gotten occupied innovating new problem-solving ideas via 3D printing technologies. For example, one student, Desiree Archie (see top photo), who is enrolled in the Entrepreneurship certificate program, has may already made a new 3D printed toothbrush prototype create which is based on information of polling shoppers at a local supermarket.

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One Professor, who has been quite active in delivering the Lab to campus, is Iain Kerr (see 2nd photo), Associate Professor of Innovation Design, Director of Creative Practices at the University’s Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, and co-director of the MIX Lab. Here he describes his goal for Lab :

“Our goal is to use 3D printing not only to create advantageous widgets but to facilitate radical technology. We want [the students] to be transformative and show them how to use rapid prototyping to get there.”

If you take a appear at the MIX Lab’s Manifesto, on the market on the Lab’s website, it emphadimensionss various elements which seem to summarize what may be 3D printing’s goals across higher education. These nine elements are: problem technology; incubating real world change; rapid prototyping; transformational create; entrepreneurial; project based; creativity centric; trans disciplinary; and new technologies.

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These nine elements provide sturdy guidelines for the University’s new 3D printing space and the curriculum too. Given the ability’s commitment to the technology, as well as the MIX Lab’s ecosystem which boasts 3D printing equipment, extended fabrication abilities, create team assist hubs, and K-12 education partnerships, this is not the last time we can be hearing news of Montclair State University’s 3D printing ability and students.

Below is a video of Montclair State University’s Mike Peters. What do you ponder of the dimensions of this lab? Discuss in the 3D Printing Mix Lab forum over at 3DPB.com.