Connecticut Small Business Development Center Helps Waterbury Innovate in 3D

August 10, 2015   |   By:

Categories: Press Release   |  

Storrs, Connecticut: The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) is loaning a 3D printer to the Manufacturing Alliance Service Corporation (MASC) to help foster and nurture innovation, and to create economic opportunity in Waterbury. This 3D printer is available for community use.

From left to right: CTSBDC Business Advisor Shelly Koehler, UConn 3D Printing Club Member Lucian Chapar, UConn 3D Printing Club Advisor Adam Wentworth, CTSBDC State Director Emily Carter, Director of Economic Development Joseph McGrath, Waterbury Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette, Waterbury Chamber President and CEO Lynn Ward, and Vice Principal at Waterbury Career Academy Mike Harris.

CTSBDC and MASC will launch the use of the 3D printer with a ribbon cutting ceremony and demonstration on Tuesday, August 11, at 10:30 a.m. at MASC, 173 Interstate Lane in Waterbury.

Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, Waterbury Chamber President & CEO Lynn Ward, Manufacturing Alliance Service Corporation President Frank Johnson and CTSBDC State Director Emily Carter will be attending to launch this important resource for Waterbury’s economic development. “This 3D printer will provide the community with opportunities to learn, to create and expand their skills,” Mayor O’Leary said. “We thank the Connecticut Small Business Development Center for allowing Waterbury to be the first city in the state to receive this printer, and we are proud to partner with everyone involved in this venture.”

Emily Carter, CTSBDC State Director said, “CTSBDC is excited to support entrepreneurship and small business growth in the region by partnering with the city of Waterbury, MASC and the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce on this initiative.”  Waterbury is the first city in Connecticut to receive this 3D printer and CTSBDC has plans to launch 3D printers in Bristol and New London later this month.

CTSBDC State Director Emily Carter, UConn 3D Printing Club Advisor Adam Wentworth, and UConn 3D Printing Club Member Lucien Chapar pose next to a 3D printer

The University of Connecticut (UConn) 3D Printing Club is providing 3D printing training to those involved in this initiative at MASC in order to assist interested innovators in bringing their concepts to life. “We are always looking for ways to collaborate and give our talented students opportunities to amaze and inspire. Working with CTSBDC is something I am very excited about,” states Adam Wentworth UConn 3D Printing Club Advisor and Lab Manager for Materials Science & Engineering. 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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