There has been a lot of buzz around 3-D printing recently, with recent products like a drivable 3-D car and printed prosthetics making headlines. Though still a foreign concept to some, expect consumer use of 3-D printing to increase now that the United Postal Service (UPS) announced they will be offering 3-D printing services at 100 locations around the country.
But before you look any further, let me remind you of one of Athens’ best kept secrets:
Joe Jollick, Director of the Biotechnology Research and Development Facility, says he has worked with both art and engineering students, as well as local guitar parts and supplies store, Stewart-Macdonald on 3D projects.
For those interested in viewing what’s been created, or learning more about 3-D printing / prototyping, be sure to visit during one of the upcoming open house dates.
The open house, held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, offers an opportunity for individuals to learn about this resource and how it can be used for research, scholarship, creative work and entrepreneurial activities.
The fall open house dates are Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2.
The Innovation Center is located at 340 W. State St., Athens.
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.
For more information about the 3D printer, visit http://www.ohio.edu/research/innovation/3d/.