Connecticut Small Business Development Center Helps New London Innovate in 3D

October 26, 2015   |   By:

Categories: Press Release   |  

nl1Storrs, Connecticut: The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) is providing a 3D printer to the City of New London to help foster and nurture innovation, and to create educational opportunities in New London. The 3D printer is housed at the Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington Street, New London, Connecticut.

CTSBDC, the Public Library of New London and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut will launch the use of the 3D printer with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and demonstration Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Public Library of New London. Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT President & CEO Tony Sheridan, CTSBDC State Director Emily Carter and Public Library of New London Executive Director Suzanne Maryeski will be attending to launch this important resource for New London’s economic and community development.

“This 3D printer represents a leap forward for eastern Connecticut,” said Tony Sheridan, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT. “Students will now be able to explore scientific concepts they’ve learned in a new and very engaging way, while our region’s talented designers and 3D modelers have a means to instantly test new concepts. The entire community benefits from access to this technology.”

CTSBDC began their partnership with the Public Library of New London last year when they supplied the library with a laptop equipped with virtual capabilities for patrons to conduct confidential business advising meetings to help start or grow their business. “Connecticut public libraries play a vital role in helping businesses and entrepreneurs access information and services to help them succeed, says Emily Carter, CTSBDC State Director. “CTSBDC is excited to partner with the City of New London, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT and the Public Library of New London to support entrepreneurship and small business growth in the region.”

“Public libraries today are transforming into interactive spaces for the community to create and learn,” says Suzanne Maryeski, Executive Director of the Public Library of New London. “We are very excited to collaborate with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center and offer people in New London access to this new technology. The library will be offering classes on how to use the equipment.”

The University of Connecticut (UConn) 3D Printing Club is providing 3D printing training to those involved in this initiative at the Public Library of New London in order to assist interested innovators in bringing their concepts to life. The UConn 3D Printing Club promotes awareness and understanding of 3D printing technology across the state.

3D printing is a rapidly developing technology that allows people to print objects instead of merely ink on paper, allowing for great innovation and opportunity in manufacturing and other industries.

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