3D printing center opens at UMass Amherst library

A 3D printer can turn a design into a physical object

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a grand opening Thursday for the new MakerBot Center for Innovation at the Dubois Library at UMass Amherst.

More than 50 3D printers were installed. The Makerbot Center for Innovation will be a free resource for both students and the community.

A 3D printer can turn a design into a physical object.

It can be used to make everything from prototype models and tools to replica artifacts. But the staff at UMass will be watching closely to make sure it’s not used inappropriately to make a weapon.

Digital Media Lab Supervisor Dennis Spencer told 22News, “When people are submitting models to us we will be evaluating those models, and if we have any concerns we will address it with the patrons at that time.”

“There are lots of innovative things and useful things that students can do with this, so our mind always goes to the worst, but we are trying to encourage the best,” said UMass Director of Libraries Jay Schafer.

A 3D print can take anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours to complete.

Comments are closed.