Advanced 3D printer sparks unique collaborations across campus

When the UW-Madison Mechanical Engineering Department acquired an advanced 3D printer in 2012, it not only increased the lab’s research capabilities, but it also opened a door to new collaborations on campus. The 3D printer has been instrumental in forging creative projects involving people from various disciplines who might not typically work together.

“The SLS machine is a catalyst for new ideas and opportunities,” Osswald says. “It’s triggering interdisciplinary collaborations and new thinking among all kinds of people, which is really cool.”

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