SUNY New Paltz welcomes MakerBot CEO for talk; announces plans to bring 3D printing technology to area community colleges

NEW PALTZ -On the one-year anniversary of the nation’s first MakerBot Innovation Center at SUNY New Paltz, the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center (HVAMC) will present “12 Years From Now,” a forecast for 3D printing by 3D printing industry leader and Makerbot CEO Jennifer Lawton on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 4:30 p.m., in the Lecture Center on the New Paltz campus.

Prior to the lecture, at 3:15 p.m., the College will announce to the press its plans to help bring 3D printing technology, along with technical assistance and curriculum support, to area community colleges including Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Columbia-Greene. These partnerships between New Paltz and community colleges are the next chapter in the success story of the College’s established 3D printing initiative.

About New Paltz’s 3D Printing Initiative

Since launching the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz in spring 2013, the College’s effort to fuse learning and manufacturing, science and the arts has continued to gain momentum. In February 2014, the College partnered with Brooklyn, N.Y. – based MakerBot, the leading manufacturer of desktop 3D printers, to open the nation’s first MakerBot Innovation Center at SUNY New Paltz. The 3D Printing Initiative received additional funding in fall 2014, including a $10 million NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant to help establish an Engineering Innovation Hub and $850,000 in capital funding for a new 3D printing laboratory. In December 2013, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and Governor Andrew Cuomo awarded the College $1M in state economic development funds. Currently, the HVAMC is providing digital design and fabrication expertise to about 50 businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the region. The Center also engages the local community and educates the public about the possibilities of 3D printing. Workshops for K-12 educators have attracted a wide variety of teachers, from art to science, who have an interest in digital design and fabrication and are utilizing these new technologies in their classrooms.

About Jennifer Lawton

Lawton, who joined MakerBot in 2011, was appointed CEO in September 2014 after serving for three years as president and chief strategy officer at the company. Through the years, she has worked closely with MakerBot founder and former CEO Bre Pettis in developing the company into a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry and leading the next Industrial Revolution. In addition to her work with MakerBot, she is a respected company builder, technologist, and advocate for fostering entrepreneurship.

Author: Harlem Valley News