THE TOP 3D PRINTING COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
College maker labs across the country are becoming the driving force behind pushing 3D printing technologies forward. A lot of the industries new innovations are being developed by the students who attend your local college or university.
So, as a way to highlight, feature, and introduce some of the work that is being done on college campus’ across the country, I’ve put together this list of the top 3D-printing-focused colleges in the nation.
We’ve looked at colleges who offer their students wide access to 3D printers, scanners, and other related equipment, as well as taken into consideration the innovations and research that these colleges have brought into the fold in order to help push 3D printing forward.
If you don’t see your college listed here, but feel they should be included for the services they offer or the progress they have made in 3D printing technology, please email me at [email protected]
University of Nevada, Reno
The University of Nevada Reno was one of the first colleges in the nation to offer 3D printing campuswide. Located in the DeLaMare Science and Engineering library, UNR’s maker space is packed with a number of 3D printers and other machines that give students access to cutting edge technology. Their team of tech wranglers are also available for consultations.
University of California, Irvine
The University of California Irvine offers full 3D printing services and has multiple 3D printers across their campus. The 3D Printing Club at UCI is an on-campus club that also offers a variety of 3D printers and is open Monday-Friday to any students wanting to work on projects or learn more about the technology.
University of California, Los Angeles
The University of California, Los Angeles offers 3D printing services at a variety of locations on the campus, including the UCLA Library Lux Lab. UCLA researchers made headlines after figuring out a way to capture carbon emissions and 3D print them into new material. The Ozcan Research Group is also using 3D printing to build microscopes and to turn smartphones into microscopes.
Los Angeles, California
University of North Carolina
The University of North Carolina’s makerspace offers a variety of 3D printers, 3D scanners, and other equipment and software for students. The makerspace holds a number of workshops—including an Intro to 3D Printing event—to help educate students on the technology. They also offer consultation services.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Harvard University has a plethora of departments, research teams, and laboratories dedicated to or heavily invested in 3D printing (and related) technologies. Their fabrication lab has a number of 3D printers available (as well as many other fabrication machines and tools). The University’s Lewis Research Group is also focused on a range of 3D printing applications.
Yale University offers 3D printing services at a number of locations across the campus, as well as provides a variety of 3D printing resources, classes, and labs. Yale’s architecture school has a dedicated 3D printing lab that, by itself, sports over 50 different 3D printers. And, on the research side, a team of Yale researchers have also built a database of 3D printable neurons.
New Haven, Connecticut
University of Massachusetts
You can find full 3D printing services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst library. In total the library has 48 different 3D printers available and a number of 3D scanners. As of early 2016, the library estimated that its 3D printers had churned out over 2,400 print jobs since opening.
Cornell University has 3D printers across their campus, including in their main library, in the Shepherd Laboratory, and at the NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (among other locations). Also, Cornell researchers developed a 3D printer that works as you design your model, which allows you to pause, tweak, and measure the existing object before it’s finished.
Ithaca, New York
University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut has given a lot of attention to 3D printing and is home to The Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cente. UCONN also has an active 3D printing club on campus and students from the university’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering recently made news with their work on 3D printing artificial kidneys.
Columbia professor Hod Lipson has made headlines by being at the forefront of technologies aimed at pushing 3D-printed food forward. The university has also held a “Maker Series” in the past to help introduce the technology to its students and the school offers 3D printers in their Digital Science Center and at other locations across campus.
New York, New York
University of Florida
The University of Florida made new when one of its researchers discovered a way to manufacture materials to be as soft as a cloud. Along with that, the school offers access to 3D printing at a variety of locations across campus, including in the George A. Smathers Libraries, at the 3D Prototyping Lab, and in the Infinity Fab Lab (among others.)
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University has dedicated itself to 3D printing with launch of its Maker Commons initiative, which is aimed at enriching the teaching and learning experience on campus via 3D printing technologies. Through the initiative, the school offers open access to 3D printing access to any member of the Penn State community.
State College, Pennsylvania
University of Kansas
The University of Kansas offers 3D printing at a variety of libraries, schools, and labs across the campus. You can find 3D printers at the Adams Microfabrication Facility, at the KU Medical Center, in the School of Architecture, Design & Planning, and at the School of Engineering.
Kansas State University
Kansas State University offers 3D printing services to students at the University’s library, as well as at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Also, scientists at KSU developed a process to print graphene oxide aerogels. In 2015 a group of students worked on a design project that helped bring 3D printed prosthetic “skins” to six KSU students.
University of Oregon
The University of Oregon has a variety of 3D printers on campus, including at their Allan Price Science Commons & Research Library and in their School of Architecture & Allied Arts. The school made headlines back in 2014 by backing up copies of fossils on campus with 3D printing.
University of Iowa
The University of Iowa was named one of the top universities who is investing heavily in 3D printing by Inside3DPrinting. UI was one of the original universities to offer 3D printing as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has been running a 3D printing facility since 2008. In 2013 UI researchers began developing a 3D printer that had the ability to create human organs.
Iowa City, Iowa
University of Illinois
The University of Illinois has a dedicated Maker’s Lab and a number of 3D printers spread across their campuses. The founders of the lab—which was the first 3D printing lab inside of a business school—Dr. Aric Rindfleisch and Dr. Vishal Sachdev have also created one of the most thorough introductory online courses on 3D printing.
University of Arizona
The University of Arizona offers 3D printing services across a number of libraries and labs on campus. You can find 3D printers at the school’s College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, it’s Main library, it’s Science-Engineering library, and in it’s Health Sciences Library (among other locations.) They also have 3D scanners for student use.
North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University has two dedicated makerspaces located in the Hunt Library and the D.H. Hill Library. The school is also utilizing 3D printing technology at its Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics. NCSU researchers have been working on building 3D structures out of liquid metal and on 3D printing plants for agricultural purposes.
Raleigh, North Carolina
University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota has 3D printers located in its Medical Devices Center, in its Department of Mechanical Engineering, and at it’s DifiFabLab in its College of Design (among other locations). A team led by UMN made headlines by developing a 3D-printed guide that helps patients with complex nerve injuries to regrow both sensory and motor functions.
University of Washington
The University of Washington features a number of 3D printing locations on campus, including in its makerspace, the Dabble Lab. There is also an active 3D printing club on campus, WOOF3D. UW researchers made headlines when they developed a new 3D-printing process to help surgeons craft new ears for patients. The school is also holding a Maker’s Summit in April of this year.
Virginia Tech made headlines with DreamVendor, the world’s first 3D printing vending machine. DreamVendor was created for VT students to help them fabricate objects for academic or personal purposes. The school has a number of 3D printers on its campus, including in its Additive Manufacturing Systems Laboratory.
University of Michigan
The University of Michigan offers access to 3D printers in its Taubman College, in its UM3D lab, and in it’s engineering department (among other locations.) In 2012, two University of Michigan professors saved a baby’s life by developing a groundbreaking bioresorable stint to help him breathe.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Duke University is home to one of the largest 3D printing labs in the world. The Innovation Co-Lab Studio at Duke University offers students access to well over 60 different 3D printers, as well as a number of other machines. The school’s eNABLE chapter are also helping to push the boundaries in the field of 3D-printed prosthetics.
Durham, North Carolina
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University has a number of 3D printers in their Innovative Media department (found inside of The Workshop in the James Branch Cabell Library.) The university’s Virtual Curation Laboratory has developed a digital data project focused on recording historical artifacts through the use of three-dimensional scanners.
University of Virginia
The University of Virginia has a wide range of 3D printing facilities across its campus, including the Scholars’ Lab Makerspace and it’s Rapid Prototyping Lab. UVA’s Professor David Sheffler made headlines with his 3D-printed autonomous UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle).
Stanford University has multiple 3D printing locations spread across its campus, including at its Product Realization Lab. Stanford researchers and scientists have made multiple ground-breaking discoveries and developments in the technology, including developing a new 3D-printing technique to study rare rocks from distant planets.
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University offers a plethora of 3D printing services on campus including in its 3D Printing Studio in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. A group of TAMU researchers developed a 3D printer that can print Braille characters on plastic packaging from manufacturers.
College Station, Texas
Mass. Institute of Technology
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a leader in innovating 3D printing technology. Researchers and scientists from MIT have been responsible for developing 3D printing software and a printer that can print in multiple materials, for creating a method for 3D printing artificial hair, and for figuring out how to 3D print transparent glass.
Michigan State University
Michigan State University has a variety of 3D printers on its campus, including in Hollander MakeCentral’s makerspace and in the Division of Engineering Computing Services. MSU Professor Anil Jain helped police by printing a murder victim’s hand. The model was used to obtain fingerprints to unlock the victim’s phone, thus providing new evidence in the case.
East Lansing, Michigan