Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 14, marks the official grand opening of the College of Design's Digital Fabrication Lab, or DigiFabLab - a state-of-the-art digital prototyping and fabrication facility. The DigiFabLab allows students to explore additive and subtractive prototyping and manufacturing technologies, and includes 3D printers, laser cutting systems and CNC milling equipment. It is located in Rapson Hall, on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus.
The Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Stratasys corporation - the inventor and world's largest manufacturer of fused deposition modeling (FDM) equipment - has generously donated over $50,000 in 3D printing equipment, including a Dimension SST 1200 printer and associated materials, for the DigiFabLab.
"I'm grateful our commitment to creativity and advancing technologies is shared with terrific community partners like Stratasys," College of Design Dean Tom Fisher said. "We're preparing students to confront the real challenges of the future, and the new DigiFabLab will allow them to not only conceive unique ideas, but test and implement those ideas as well."
"Education in 3D printing is catching on," Stratasys CEO Scott Crump said. "We're proud to support the U of M College of Design Digital Fabrication Lab, and we look forward to seeing the students' innovative creations."
To read the entire press release from the University of Minnesota, click here.