MakerBot Innovation Centers | Xavier Facility Makes Its Debut
| by MakerBot
From Florida Polytechnic University to SUNY New Paltz, a growing number of colleges and universities across the country are building MakerBot Innovation Centers to prepare their students for the jobs of the future. Today, a new MakerBot Innovation Center opens its doors at Xavier University, the first midwestern school and the first private college to make this powerful 3D printing resource available to students.
Fully Stocked with the Latest from MakerBot
The new MakerBot facility boasts over 30 of our latest generation of MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, as well as the MakerBot Innovation Center Management Platform — proprietary and innovative 3D printing software platform that enables remote printing and links all of the printers together to streamline productivity.
A Space for Creative Collaboration
In addition to giving students from different academic disciplines access to cutting-edge manufacturing technology, Xavier’s MakerBot Innovation Center will also serve as a space for students to get hands-on experience working with local entrepreneurs, researchers, and organizations from the greater Cincinnati area. The new facility features dedicated spaces for startups and networking to facilitate these kinds of community and university interactions.
Pioneering a 3D Printing Curriculum
But this is just this beginning. The new MakerBot Innovation Center is part of a larger innovation initiative at Xavier, including the creation of a full bachelor’s degree in Human-Centered Making, a program that teaches students how to use design and 3D printing to solve human problems. MakerBot Consulting has been working closely with Xavier faculty and staff to make this college-level 3D printing curriculum a reality — a move that MakerBot CEO Jenny Lawton is particularly excited about.
“This is an important step that will help introduce more students, community members, and entrepreneurs to the idea of 3D printing and how this technology can help them visualize and memorize complex theoretical concepts, gain hands-on experience and unleash their creativity,” said Lawton.
We’re eager to see the kind of interdisciplinary collaboration that emerges as students and community member flock to this exciting new facility.