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SUNY New Paltz hosts MakerBot Innovation Center opening

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It’s the first of its kind in the nation, it’s now nestled right here in the Hudson Valley. SUNY New Paltz hosts the grand opening of the MakerBot Innovation Center. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Alexandra Weishaupt has more on this frontier moment.

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- “With the unlocking of creativity and innovation that’s going to happen here, it’s a very important moment in the Hudson Valley,” said MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis.

It was a fusion of art, science and engineering. College officials, program developers and area business leaders gathered as the MakerBot Innovation Center officially opened.

“It will create an avenue for students to channel their creativity in different ways than has been possible in the past, and ways for students in diverse disciplines to come together and take on projects that maybe were not conceivable in the past,” said New Paltz President Donald Christian.

The 3D printing hub includes more than 30 3D printers and scanners to be accessed by students and faculty along with area business owners.

“At its heart, economic development really should be about transforming a region, and that's what we're doing here today,” said HV Economic Development Corporation CEO Larry Gottlieb. “This is a historic moment.”

It will provide the ability for rapid 3D creation through collaboration amongst engineers, industrial designers and artists.

“No one else in the country has created a lab like this,” said Hudson River Ventures President Sean Eldridge. “No one else in the country has made an investment in 3D printing equipment and training that we're seeing here today, and that's going to have a profound impact on the students here at SUNY New Paltz.”

The initiative officially began in May 2013 and was awarded $1 million from Governor Andrew Cuomo for state economic development last December.

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