The 3-D printers are around campus, and print in different colors and materials, said Ranjeet Agarwala, instructor of engineering at ECU.
Students can use the printers to design their own projects in class, and see those projects produced only a couple of hours later, Agarwala said.
Agarwala said using 3-D printers can greatly reduce the time spent on creating projects, which further serves to encourage innovation and creativity.
Agarwala said he predicts that 3-D printers will be the next new technology.
“The sky’s the limit. Anything you can imagine, you can pretty much print.”
UNC-C competes for funding
UNC-Charlotte has joined with corporations and universities from Florida State University to Virginia Tech to compete for the largest federal funding in the region.
The competition began last summer when the U.S. Department of Defense solicited concept papers for a digital manufacturing hub. The winner of the competition will receive a $70 million award over five years for the start-up.
Five teams were selected nationwide to compete, and a winner will be chosen by the end of this month, said John Ziegert, head of advanced manufacturing at UNC-C.
UNC-C would be the center of the hub, entitled U.S. Manufacturing Advancement through Digital Enterprise, or U.S. MADE.
WCU chancellor tours nation
Western Carolina Chancellor David Belcher will continue his second tour around the nation to meet with Western Carolina alumni.
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In 2011, the chancellor took a trip to different states and cities to introduce himself to Western Carolina alumni in his “Get Acquainted” tour.
The alumni he visited encouraged him to come back.
Now, he continues his second tour to the Cherokee community Thursday.
So far this year, the chancellor’s trip has taken him from Raleigh to Greensboro to Florida.
Marty Ramsey, director of Alumni Affairs at WCU, said the meetings are informal socials, so that the chancellor can get acquainted with alumni in different areas.