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New Paltz Partnership Brings 3D Printing to Sullivan

On June 11, SUNY Sullivan took ownership of two new MakerBot 5th Generation 3D Printers. The printers, along with Aaron Nelson, Director of the Makerbot Innovation Center, arrived from SUNY New Paltz, as part of their Digital Design and Fabrication initiative to put this emerging technology into nearby community colleges.

In addition to installing the 3D printers, the trainer provided two hands-on workshops on 3D printing and CAD to about thirty participants in K-12 Education, College Faculty & Staff, and Sullivan Students. Aaron shared several examples of the various applications fabricated by New Paltz, from architectural models to toys with moving parts; along with tangible fabricated stress tests.

“We’re really excited to be working with Sullivan on 3D printing,” said Dan Freedman, dean of the School of Science & Engineering and director of The Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz. “There’s a lot of excitement and interest with the staff, faculty and students and we look forward to sharing ideas about how to integrate 3D printing into different educational areas.”

Rich McElrath, Sullivan’s Instructional Technologist shares Freedman’s excitement, saying “Digital Design and Fabrication is applicable to many college degree programs at SUNY Sullivan,” offering practical examples such as product designs for Graphic Arts students. “And our Gaming and Simulation designers can print their 3D models at Sullivan; just to name a few.” McElrath pointed out that 3D printing “is an emerging technology already being used in many fields, employers are asking for our students to have this skillset when they graduate.”

As a partner of The Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Sullivan is proud to play a part in bringing new manufacturing technology and training to the region that will help grow the economy and create jobs.

Just a few examples of a wide variety of applications


The 3D printing center will be open to those that attended the training and received certification. Since the initial training room was filled to capacity, with a waitlist and attendees asking for future training, additional classes will be announced soon.

“We put the workshops together as soon as we had confirmation from the Innovation Center,” said McElrath, “Before the next day, our attendee list was overbooked. I could not say no. We ran out of space, and we even ran out of machines. Some attendees brought their own laptops. One of the best parts of this training; other than the Makerbot Hardware, was that we taught learners how to use open source and free software to solve problems and have a creative outlet that they might not have thought about before. I very much appreciate New Paltz and their team for giving us this opportunity at SUNY Sullivan. There is so much buzz on campus about the printers; I am forecasting great and innovative future side projects coming from our staff inside and outside of the classroom.”