This fall, thanks to an anonymous $250,000 gift, the University of Pennsylvania‘s School of Engineering and Applied Science will be opening the AddLab, a new additive manufacturing facility that will feature a suite of state-of-the-art 3-D printing tools. Professor Robert Carpick, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, will lead a preview of the facility; other members of the department will demonstrate 3-D printers and the kinds of objects they can make.
The event is timed to coincide with the first White House Maker Faire and national "Day of Making," a celebration of America as a nation of tinkerers, inventors and entrepreneurs who are using cutting-edge technologies like 3-D printers, laser cutters, desktop machine tools and free, user-friendly design software, democratizing the act of making and enabling citizens to build just about anything.
“Penn's founder Benjamin Franklin was an author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, engineer, politician and printer,” Carpick said. “While we can only imagine what he would think of today's revolution in manufacturing that is being brought about by the advent of 3-D printing, we are sure that he'd be proud to see Penn making its mark in the area.”
The event is free and open to the public.