UNH's 3D printer enables students to quickly make prototypes
Kevin Klosek, left, and Spencer Roux observe a 3D printer in the new innovation lab at the University of New Hampshire's Paul College. (Mike Ross/UNH Photographic Services)
The 3D printer by MakerBot and 3D image scanning system from NextEngine are part of a new innovation lab at the college, made possible with support from Borealis Ventures and Unitil.
"The whole focus of this innovation lab is to facilitate and foster student-centered innovation through collaborative and experiential learning," said Venky Venkatachalam, professor and associate dean of academic programs at Paul College.
"Normally, developing a prototype takes months, and entrepreneurs usually have nothing to show during the market research phase," Venkatachalam said.
Spencer Roux, a Paul College Master of Business Administration student from Newmarket with a mechanical engineering background, has already taken advantage of the lab to test product ideas.
The lab allows students to do that even faster.
The combined value of both pieces of equipment is about $10,000, he said.
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