Along with researching papers or studying for exams, Northeastern University students will soon be able to go to the library and create their own iPhone case or a dorm room lamp.
The school is opening a 3D printing lab this fall within its library to give students access to this trendy manufacturing technology that had previously been tucked away only in engineering or design labs.
“This is a technology that’s moving out there,” said Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Northeastern. The ongoing evolution of 3D printers—they are becoming smaller, cheaper, and easier to use—has prompted universities, high schools, and local government to add these devices as their libraries push into the digital age.
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