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Innovation Center hosts 3D printer open house Dec. 3 

Nov. 25, 2013

The Innovation Center invites the university and regional community to learn more about Ohio University's new 3D printer during an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The event will feature demonstrations of the equipment and an opportunity to discuss projects with the experts.

 Ohio University 3D printer
These small wrenches were made with Ohio University's new 3D printer. Photo: Rebecca Miller, Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

The printer, an Objet350 Connex from Stratasys, has eight print heads to create objects from a wide variety of materials. It can be used to manufacture pieces for student art and engineering design projects or small products that can be sold by regional businesses. It's the largest and most sophisticated 3D printer acquired by Ohio University to date.

The machine is located at the Innovation Center, Ohio University's technology business incubator in Athens. The incubator manages requests from university and community users to book time on the printer. A laboratory director assists clients in the process of translating 3D designs into 3D objects.
 Ohio University 3D printer
The 3D printer can produce a wide variety of objects. Photo credit: Photo: Rebecca Miller, Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

The 3D printer was funded by Ohio University's Innovation Center, School of Art + Design, College of Arts and Sciences, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Edison Biotechnology Institute and Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, as well as TechGROWTH Ohio and the Ohio Development Services Agency.

To attend, please RSVP to innovation@ohio.edu. The Innovation Center is located at 340 W. State St., Athens.

For more information about the 3D printer, visit www.ohio.edu/innovation/3dprinting.