'3D Innovation Center' may be on its way to the valley

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Turning your thoughts into tangible ideas, that's exactly what's behind the technology center the Grand Valley Business Incubator is working on bringing to the Western Slope.

The Business Incubator is a hub for entrepreneurs looking to turn their ideas into a paycheck. Now the Incubator is working on bringing a new avenue for great minds to come together in the manufacturing world by adding a ‘3D Innovation Center.” Which they say will boost minds and local business.

Bruce strong sells 3D printers. His printers turn digital data into real-life objects and the Grand Valley's Business Incubator, is a lot like the product he sells. They helped Bruce take his idea and turn it into living.

“We can provide printing services for the higher end printers and we also can sell them," said Strong, owner of Apex CAD Products.

From custom jewelry, to dental molds, to parts that go toward building a bigger project...3D printing is shaping the future of the manufacturing industry. And that's exactly why the Business Incubator saw an opportunity to expand on this technology in the valley.

“The best way to do that was create a space where people could actually come and get on a computer and do 3D printing and actually make their product,” said Jon Maraschin Executive Director Business Incubator.

The Incubator is working on adding a ‘3D Innovation Center’ and it may be coming to the valley as soon as January 1st, if City Council supports them with the remaining funds needed to get it off the ground.

“I'm really excited about the collaboration between the university [Colorado Mesa University] and the industry manufacturers and City Council basically having enough confidence in our 26 year history," said Maraschin.

And Strong agrees, he supports the facility and hopes the technology takes off on the Western Slope.

“We can bring more industry and businesses and jobs to Western Colorado that's good for everybody," said Strong.

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