Amid students cutting textiles, making shoes, firing ceramics and making prints at the Parsons School of Design’s Making Center in midtown Manhattan is a whole wall of 3D printers. The 28,000-square-foot center’s 15 MakerBot printers churn out everything from jewelry and lacey sculptures to small figurines and architectural models.
Having all the printers in one place is important for both service and cost. “We can take advantage of the volume and offer everything students need while saving money,” says Will McHale, director of the Making Center.
As a result, the $15 million center is one of the busiest places on the school’s urban campus.