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Becoming a MakerBot Starter Lab, Part 1
March 11, 2015
As we mentioned on our blog fairly recently, two universities have signed up to become MakerBot Starter Lab locations. The two schools are based in NY state, SUNY Cobleskill in Cobleskill, NY, and Union College, in Schenectady, NY. We reached out to both campuses to gain insight as to why each wanted to become a MakerBot StarterLab. This first set of responses comes from SUNY Cobleskill Chief Information Officer (CIO), James Dutcher. The interview was conducted via email, and the transcript is here below.
1) What prompted you to look into establishing a MakerBot 3D Starter Lab in your campus? Had anyone among the staff and faculty including yourself had experience with other 3D printers or 3D design?
2) What types of reactions have you had across campus since it was announced that it was coming?
3) What types of plans/campaigns are being put in place to market the Starter Lab?
4) Will there be some new cross-campus partnerships formed as a result?
5) Who will be able to take advantage of having this type of resource on campus and where will it be located?
6) Will it limited to students taking particular courses or pursuing specific degrees?
7) What impact are you hoping this will have on your campus?
8) When do you anticipate having the Starter Lab fully up and running?
9) What are some of the long-term goals of the campus as it relates to both 3D printing and education in general?
10) Will this be the only set of 3D printers on campus, or have others been purchased one by one?
To see the second interview in the set, see Becoming a MakerBot Starter Lab, Part 2.