Salt Lake Community College Opens New Plastics Lab

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The New Center benefits Utah’s hub of plastics injection molding companies.

We depend on industry support to make this program a success. We are very grateful for the high quality of these donations. Cooperation between industry and academia benefits all involved.

Salt Lake Community College has opened a new Plastics Lab at its Meadowbrook Campus. The lab benefits both students and local manufactures in the Plastics Injection Molding industry.

SLCC’s new lab will contain the newest equipment in the industry, including a RoboShot 110-ton Injection Molding Machine that was donated by BD Medical, an object photo-polymer 3-D Printer, and a steel negative part mold donated by BARD Access Systems.

SLCC President Cynthia A. Bioteau provided welcoming remarks, and Provost Christopher Picard closing remarks. Shane VandeKerhof from RJG Construction, Travis Sessions from Biometrics, and Todd Bingham from Utah Manufacturers Initiative spoke at the Plastics Injection Molding Lab’s launch event.

“We depend on industry support to make this program a success,” said Mark Poole, SLCC Corporate Solutions director. “We are very grateful for the high quality of these donations. Cooperation between industry and academia benefits all involved, and all of us at SLCC will work to improve the Plastics Injection Molding workforce and industry.”

With the addition of the Objet 3-D printer and other machining and milling equipment, the Plastic lab now takes products from the concept to the prototype to the production stage. As a result, students and companies can use the facility to:

  •     design a product using CAD software
  •     print a prototype of the product on the Objet 3-D printer
  •     print a negative mold of the product on the Objet 3-D printer
  •     manufacture a small-number run of the product on the plastics injection machine
  •     mill a final version of the mold in steel

For more information about the Plastics Lab or the program, visit: http://www.mbrcslcc.com/corporatesolutions.

About the College: Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 62,000 students each year, the College is the largest supplier of workforce development programs in the State of Utah. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lakearea, with 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.

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