Montclair State University and MakerBot®, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, have partnered to open a MakerBot® Innovation Center at the University’s Feliciano School of Business.
The center, which is located in Montclair State’s new $66 million Feliciano School of Business building, houses 35 state-of-the-art 3D design and printing devices with cloud connectivity. The facility is the first of its kind in New Jersey, the only one in the New York City area, and only the ninth such center in the world. Montclair State also is the only university in the nation to have a MakerBot® Innovation Center physically located within a school of business.
In fall 2015, Montclair State students began pursuing the University’s new Certificate of 3D Printing and Design. The certificate program involves a nine- credit curriculum which is open to any student of any major. The expansive reach of 3D printing on campus already is being evidenced by the variety of majors participating in the certificate program. The group includes students majoring in Biology, Finance, Art History, Psychology, Biochemistry, Information Technology, Political Science, Management, History and Economics.
Montclair State will also be collaborating with area high schools, including those in Paterson and Montclair, to introduce 9th through 12th grade students to 3D printing and design concepts. This program will educate students about these concepts from an entrepreneurial perspective. Working with the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Montclair State is in the process of also establishing a program to offer rapid prototyping via 3D prints for local small manufacturers.