The 3,200-square-foot facility will serve as a resource for RIT students and the university’s corporate partners. Researchers will have access to functional 3D printing and fusing equipment, direct-write printing equipment, analog printing, and surface metrology technologies. Also included will be wet-chemistry infrastructure necessary to synthesize printable nano-materials.
Denis Cormier, an expert in 3D printing technologies, is director of RIT’s AMPrint Center and the Earl W. Brinkman Professor in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering. A professor of industrial and systems engineering, his research focus is in functional 3D printing, which includes the synthesis of printable nano- inks, the development or enhancement of 3D printing processes, and the design of novel printed electronic devices.
“This region is world renowned for its print technology expertise,” said Cormier. “However, the same technologies used to print documents and images are directly applicable to 3D printing as well. The AMPrint Center’s mission is to help transform this region from the document and image printing capital of the world to the 3D printing capital of the world.”
The $500,000 grant toward construction of the AMPrint Center facility was among 29 grants totaling $35.3 million statewide announced in February by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The program, administered by the Dormitory Authority, funds renovation or construction of critical academic facilities and high-tech projects at universities across the state.
The AMPrint Center is one of 15 Centers for Advanced Technology funded by Empire State Development to support academic-corporate-government partnerships in growth industries such as 3D printing. Cormier was the original principal investigator for the center and brought together university partners from Clarkson University and SUNY New Paltz with corporate partners that include Xerox, GE Research, Corning, and Eastman Kodak to design novel devices and develop next-generation polymer, metal, and composite technologies.