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Innovation Center to host Additive Manufacturing Lab open house

From Staff Reports | Nov 15, 2018

The Ohio University Innovation Center will offer demonstrations of new design and product development equipment during a public open house at its Additive Manufacturing Lab from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3.

The Additive Manufacturing Lab features several types of 3D printers and scanners, a milling machine and a vacuum former that are available for use by university and community members interested in designing prototypes and manufacturing products on demand. Users can order product creations, utilize in-house design expertise and receive individual training on how to use the equipment.

The newest equipment was purchased by the Innovation Center as a result of generous support from the Athens County Commissioners and the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund.

The new pieces complement the Objet350 Connex from Stratasys, a high-end 3D printer purchased by Ohio University in 2013. The printer has fostered collaboration across the university and the region in the imagination and design of innovative new products, prototypes and working inventions. It remains the largest, highest quality printer within a 70-mile radius.

The purchase of additional low- to mid-level printers and associated production equipment is the next step in a broader plan initiated by university leaders to create more infrastructure to support manufacturing growth in Appalachia.

The open house will be held at the Innovation Center, 340 W. State St., Athens. Refreshments will be served, and one guest will win a $100 voucher for Additive Manufacturing Lab services. RSVP here.

For more information about the 3D printer or to schedule a project or training, contact Misako Hata, lab director of the Innovation Center, at (740) 593-1818, 3Dprinter@ohio.edu, or visit www.ohio3dprints.com.