With the constant development in 3D printing technologies and its expected impact into the MRO marketplace its important to understand this new technology. As a small business it can be daunting to understand how to incorporate new technologies in a cost efficient manor so that we can compete in the future. So in 2018 we decided we could ignore the technology no longer and set aside a budget to purchase our first system so we could learn. During our research into which system to purchase, we where very fortunate to hear about an event being held at the UMass Amherst site Life Science Lab, where we performed a tour of their impressive facility and heard about a local state grant program. Fast forward a month and we are now utilizing the 2 1/2 million dollars worth of capital equipment available both for metal and plastic 3D printing as well as the expert assistance of both professors and graduates. This partnership between University and Industry is proving to be a very cost effective way to gain exposure to process and machines which we could not have afforded on our own.
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