Keystone College in LaPlume recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 3-D Printing Center, which was made possible by a $290,850 grant funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development as well as grants from Lackawanna County and the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation.
The project represents a partnership between Keystone College, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Skills in Scranton, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center. Campus officials say that the center will serve as vital regional resource to provide support and training for individuals and companies to take advantage of this new, advanced technology and serve as a catalyst for regional economic development.
“3-D printing is an important example of the emerging technologies that will define the future of the manufacturing sector,” said Chamber President Bob Durkin. “This new center will allow Keystone to better prepare students and help existing businesses gain hands-on experience in the valuable applications of this technology.”
The new process of 3-D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, offers more efficient methods of forming materials into highly complex shapes and parts. The process uses materials such as plastics, carbon, fiber, or metal to produce three-dimensional objects. Rather than printing out a document like a traditional printer, 3-D printers produce objects such as tools, parts for automobiles and machines, medical devices, art, and other objects.