Ever wonder how much more cutting edge Northeastern can get? Northeastern’s new 3-D printing lab threatens to tip the scale, with the addition of a 3-D printing facility, upgraded studios, and next-generation audio/visual infrastructure. The first floor of Snell Library is being expanded to make room for the new lab, which is slated to open this fall.This is one of many updates to the building, including the launch of the Digital Media Commons last year. These new technologies will allow all Northeastern students to create things such as iPhone cases and lamps for their dorm rooms. Students will have access to innovative technologies such as the Replicator 2 printer at their fingers. If you have never heard of such a thing, fear not- Northeastern is developing a series of lessons and workshops on how to use the lab.
The lab is a reflection of the library becoming more digital, as seen in many of its print collections becoming available online as ebooks. Many students have expressed approval of the 3-D lab, and are anxious to try it out come September.