Idea2Product

How to Get Started with the Idea2Product Lab

Ray Huff, Idea2Product Manager, training new students Spring 2017.

The 3rd annual State of 3D Printing, 2017 study from Sculpteo reports that 90% of companies using 3D Printing consider it a competitive advantage in their strategy. 3D printing is being used during the first phases of new product development and Sculpteo predicts 55% of companies will be spending more in 3D printing services and solutions in 2017.

The Idea2Product lab recognizes the importance and future of 3D printing and offers a free 1 hour 3D training every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The next training is scheduled September 12th until November 14th. Idea2Product accounts can be created on the User Dashboard. Once you are a registered user, you can sign up for a free 3D printing training. Location may vary, check our website for more details.

“I got my introduction to 3D printing through an open house at the Idea2Product Lab,” said Ray Huff, Idea2Product Lab Manager. “It informed me about the state of the industry, and how easy it is to get involved in doing 3D printing for personal projects.” Idea2Product led Huff to becoming the third member of the tech support team at Aleph Objects in Loveland. “I learned as much as I could over the next year and decided to make my contribution to the industry by pursuing an education in Mechanical Engineering at CSU,” Huff said. “Now I manage the I2P lab, bringing the journey full circle.”

Ray Huff, Idea2Product Manager, training new students Spring 2017.

I learned about I2P from a lecture Dr. Prawel gave in one of my freshman classes, said William van Noordt, Idea2Product Staff Member. “Dr. Prawel gave us some information about 3D printing in industry and the broad range of things that can be done with it.” Van Noordt decided to get trained a few weeks after and quickly after became a volunteer in the lab. “In my first semester with the lab, I learned everything from the basic mechanics of printing simple parts to making changes in existing designs to improve quality,” Van Noordt said. “Since then, I’ve been improving my design skills and have printed hundreds of diverse parts.”

“I was introduced to 3D printing as a freshman,” said Joseph Clemmer, Idea2Product Staff Member. “Ray Huff and Will van Noordt came to present information on the lab in my MECH 103 class. eventually became a volunteer in the lab and was trained and helped along by the lab staff until he felt comfortable printing and assisting others as they learned. “I am now on staff, but I still am constantly learning and striving to better users’ experiences in the lab, Clemmer said. “I2P is one of the coolest places to expand your knowledge on campus, and it’s fun!”

For more information on how to get started with 3D printing at the Idea2Product lab visit our website or email i2plab@rams.colostate.edu with any questions.