State-of-the-Art Printers will Support Curriculum in STEM-Related Degree Programs

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – In its most recent undertaking to support and enhance the College’s academic curriculum, the SUNY Orange Foundation has provided three medium format three-dimensional (3D) printers for the Middletown campus for use by students and faculty in such STEM-related programs as architecture, engineering and biology.

The printers, located in the new Rowley Center for Science and Engineering, are networked to various locations on the Middletown campus and will be available to a wide cross-section of students and professors when they return for the Fall semester. The College’s degree programs in architecture, biology, engineering science and the natural sciences are all housed within the Rowley Center. Students in the College’s health professions programs, most of which are located within the Bio-Tech Building, may also find uses for the printers.

“It is only through the generosity of community members and SUNY Orange alumni that it is possible for the Foundation to provide such emerging technologies to students in this county,” stated Rich Rowley, chairman of the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Directors.

“The applications for this technology are virtually endless,” added John Wolbeck, chairman of the College’s Science, Engineering and Architecture Department. “Architecture students will be able to build micro-scale models of building details, engineering students can co-design projects, and biology students may choose to create copies of fossils that are part of the college collection, for example.

“Many of our colleagues at other community colleges and four-year colleges, as well as some engineers in regional businesses, are surprised to learn our students have this level of cutting-edge equipment available,” Wolbeck said.

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.

Examples and applications of 3D printing include: rapid prototyping, architectural scale models, healthcare (3D printed prosthetics and printing with human tissue) and entertainment (e.g. film props). Other examples would include reconstructing fossils in paleontology, replicating ancient artifacts in archaeology, reconstructing bones and body parts in forensic pathology and reconstructing heavily damaged evidence acquired from crime scene investigations.

For more information on the SUNY Orange Foundation, contact Vinnie Cazzetta, executive director, at (845) 341-4726.

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Mike Albright
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