Duke Lab Donates 3D Printers to ACC’s Makerspace

(February 14, 2022) – Alamance Community College has received a donation of 15 Ultimaker 3 3D printers from Duke University’s Innovation Co-Lab.

The gift was secured recently as part of an initiative with the NC Educational Makerspaces, a group that meets regularly to discuss ideas and processes across partner makerspaces. Erik Perel, Department Head of ACC’s Advertising and Graphic Design, worked with Chip Bobbert of Duke’s Innovation Co-Lab to work out the deal.

Duke University’s Innovation Co-Lab is a creativity incubator, focused on exploring how new and emerging technologies can fundamentally reshape the research, academic, and service missions of the university, according to its website.

The 3D printers have been set up in the makerspace classroom located in ACC’s Advertising and Graphic Design department. Once open, the ACC Makerspace will be a hub for innovation and collaboration. Students, faculty and staff will be able to use the machines and materials to learn and explore new ideas or simply unwind between classes by drawing, painting or creating stickers.

“Having so many 3D printers will allow students from many departments around the college to test and refine prototypes of designs,” said Perel. “Additionally, students not familiar with 3D modeling and printing will be able to explore those concepts with fun designs they discover.”

Perel, a member of NC Educational Makerspaces, also secured a service through 3D Printer OS that will allow remote 3D printing services to ACC students, faculty and staff.

“Our plan is to open our makerspace in the next few weeks, and 3D printing services will be a large part of what we are able to offer, thanks to the donation from Duke and the 3D Printer OS service,” said Perel.