Mizzou’s 3D Prototype Lab is located in the College of Engineering, but it has shown its applicability in disciplines from anatomy to paleontology. The 3D printers are revolutionizing medicine and manufacturing by allowing producers to use plastic or gypsum to make custom 3D models. These 3D models can help doctors prepare for complicated spinal surgeries by printing a replica of the patient’s spine for example, or help paleontologist’s create models of extinct dinosaurs.
For students, working in the 3D Printing facility allows them to build high-tech skills that they can carry into their careers. Mizzou graduate, Alex Madinger co-founded the 3D Printing Club at Mizzou and has since founded his own 3D printing business, Foundry Font which brings high quality metal 3D parts to the consumer sector. His time at Mizzou allowed him to work with cutting edge equipment like 3D printers, “Having access to the University of Missouri’s Rapid Prototyping Lab and having attended a class taught on the same subject has enabled me to pursue my dream of being an inventor and entrepreneur.”
With 3D printing a world of opportunities is opened up for medicine, manufacturing, and beyond. Students like Alex are thinking ahead and discovering ways that this technology can fit into the future. “The wall between the physical and the digital world is being torn down. 3-D printing opens up the possibility to move from a consumer to a producer. You interact with objects differently. You see them in a new light, and you are empowered by that.”
For a quick look at the possibilities of 3D Printing take a look at how Mizzou is using their 3D Printing Prototype Lab:
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