Somerset Community College has received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand the reach of its 3-D printing program.
The main focus of the grant is to advance biomedical applications for 3-D printing in the region.
Eric Wooldridge is associate professor of 3-D printing at Somerset Community College. He says the technique is already playing a big role in biomedical field.
“We actually can take full body MRIs and select sections that we want to print off. It can be the actual organs. It can be the bone structure. Whatever a surgeon or physician may need to better prepare for surgery or plan diagnostically what they’re going to do.”
He says the process uses different types of materials to create physical forms.