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Building creativity and collaboration: CMU opens MakerBot Innovation Center with 3D printers

Center is the first of its kind in the Midwest, one of few in the U.S.

​Central Michigan University is the first public university in the Midwest with a MakerBot Innovation Center, a large-scale 3D printing installation, and one of few in the United States to house an Innovation Center that focuses on arts and human services.

"The Innovation Center will open the door for students and faculty who work on creative projects and explore the intersection of art, technology and the humanities," said Janet Hethorn, dean of the CMU College of Communication and Fine Arts.  "We are excited to collaborate in creating this space as part of our vision to expand our advanced fabrication possibilities in 3D printing."

CMU's Innovation Center in Wightman Hall features 30 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

"We want our students to use 3D design to make their ideas come to life," said Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, dean of CMU's College of Education and Human Services. "The Innovation Center and its groundbreaking technology put CMU's students at the forefront of innovation and creativity."

Michael Mamp, a CMU human environmental studies faculty member, will teach the first semester-long course in the U.S. focused on 3D printing as it applies to fashion product conceptualization and development.

“Fashion designers and artists are using 3D printing to bring their ideas to the physical world,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO at MakerBot. “Design Students at CMU will now be able to push the boundaries of fashion and design through 3D printing and design.  For designers, access to 3D printing will foster an atmosphere of collaboration and accelerate the creative process.”

Art and design faculty member Greg Stahly will teach a "Creation in 3D" class, which will instruct students on the use of the 3D printers as a part of the overall process to create visual arts.

Grand Opening

The university will host a grand opening from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Wightman Hall 226. Speakers will include Vice Provost Ray Christie, CCFA Dean Janet Hethorn, EHS Dean Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson and a representative from MakerBot.

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