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HACC dedicates 3-D print lab

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Harrisburg Area Community College dedicated a new 3-D print lab Thursday evening at its Midtown Center, 1500 N. Third St., Harrisburg.

Also known as additive manufacturing, 3-D printing uses a digital model to create a solid object. The additive process uses successive layers of material (metal, human tissue, plastic, food and more) to create different shapes. The technology can be used for prototyping and manufacturing in a variety of fields.

The lab is named in honor of the TE Connectivity Foundation, which has a nearly three-decade partnership with HACC and donated more than $27,000 to establish the lab.

“Having the 3-D printers allows us to move from simply visualizing the part to physically inspecting the part hands on,” HACC student  Daniel M. Merrill said in a news release.

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