Rapid Prototyping Facility

The college operates the university’s only professional 3-d printer, which was purchased in 2006 and has received significant upgrades in recent years. Using photopolymer, a material that changes its state when exposed to ultraviolet light, technicians print objects ranging from transparent to opaque (or, a combination of both). Objects can be made as a hard, rigid plastic or a more pliable, gel-like mold. The printer is remarkably meticulous and can achieve intricate details of up to half a millimeter—a level of detail that is crucial when printing human and animal part prototypes used in health science research.