3D Printer Translates 3D Designs into 3D Objects for Local Entrepreneurs

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Ohio University has a 3D printer located at the Innovation Center that helps turn client ideas into reality or at least a mock-up of the ultimate product. For many clients, it is essential to the entrepreneurial process.

Dr. Jesus Pagan, assistant professor in the Engineering Technology and Management program of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, was instrumental in Ohio University’s purchase of the 3D printer.

He led the team that purchased this high powered printer that meet a wide variety of needs.

The Object350 Connex, from Stratasys, has eight print heads allowing it to create objects from a wide variety of materials. It also allows university, regional and community members to design prototypes and actually manufacture products on demand.

Pagan joined WOUB’s Tom Hodson for a conversation about the printer – its capabilities and its current uses.

It can be used to manufacture pieces from student art projects to engineering design projects, according to Pagan. It also can produce small products that can be sold by regional businesses. A laboratory director assists clients with taking their design plans to real 3D objects.

The printer was purchased for $250,000 and it’s the largest and most sophisticated 3D printer ever owned by Ohio University.

Currently, the printer leverages the expertise of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Fine Arts among other entities on campus.