3D Innovation Hub
The 3D Innovation Hub offers full-service 3D printing, also known as customized additive manufacturing. The hub uses plastic filament or plaster powder in printers to build objects within three dimensions. The results are used in educational visualization, demonstration, and even prototype testing.
Students have the opportunity to build objects that have real-life applications to their future careers and faculty can develop specialized models to enhance their classroom instruction. In the near future, local businesses will be able to request a 3D printing design consultation or submit their own designs for fabrication at a reasonable cost.
With support from the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), the 3D Innovation Hub is the next step forward for 3D printing and additive manufacturing in Howard County, building upon the success generated by the HCEDA’s recent two-year initiative that helped raised awareness of additive manufacturing technology and its capabilities for commercial use.
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About the 3D Innovation Hub
The 3D Innovation Hub offers customized, full-service 3D printing.
Options available are:
- Printing: Simply provide a 3D-ready file, and the hub staff will fabricate the object
- Consultation: Meet one-on-one with HCC staff for design and development assistance from concept to prototype
- Two-colors: Common for early prototypes
- Full-color: Typically used for demonstration models
- High-resolution prints: Best for models with fine geometric details and intricate parts
To integrate this technology into the college campus, the 3D Innovation Hub is a glass-walled center prominently located on the first floor of Duncan Hall. Its open and airy design encourages students and the public to watch 3D printed objects being made from start to finish.
Services for Faculty and Students
Working with the 3D Innovation Hub, faculty, staff, and students have already developed projects that enhance learning and instruction.
The existing projects include:
- Flow cytometer, medical equipment model, which is used for demonstration
- Dental models that show bridges and implants
- Esophageal stents for bioengineering demonstration
- “Smart” dog collar prototype for student entrepreneur
If you are a Howard Community College faculty or staff member interested in working with the 3D Innovation Hub, email 3Dhub@howardcc.edu, and we will be in touch.
Students may now print custom or personal projects at the Hub. Visit the portal for more information such as hours and cost.
Business services will be available in the near future. Depending on need, businesses can request full-service 3D design consultation or submit their own designs for fabrication at a reasonable cost. Details about cost and process will be available in the coming months.