Welcome to Innovation Park at Penn State, an ecosystem where business, education and research come together.
Innovation Park at Penn State offers 118-acres of remarkable office, manufacturing and research space, and is part of one of the world’s premier research institutions, with access to Penn State’s scientific, engineering, technology and business resources, as well as the support services needed to transfer knowledge from the University to the marketplace. The network of resources available at Innovation Park supports early-stage entrepreneurs and established businesses alike. Innovation Park at Penn State is home to the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel—a 300-room hotel with world class conference facilities. Just a few miles from the University Park Airport and directly off of Interstate-99, the Park is easily accessible for travelers.
Chuck Hull Discusses Rapid Evolution of Additive Manufacturing
For most of 1983, Chuck Hull (now dubbed the “Father of 3-D Printing”) could be found laboring nights and weekends alone in a lab, with one goal: to accelerate prototyping from a month-long process into one that could be completed in a matter of hours. He says at that time his “interest in developing 3-D printing was driven by curiosity and practicality.”
It took almost a year, but those long nights finally paid off. When all was said and done, Hull had invented stereolithography, a process for creating three-dimensional objects, in which a computer-controlled laser beam is used to shape liquid polymers into three-dimensional objects as the polymers harden on contact with the lasers.
A Recap from Associate VP of Research James Delattre
James Delattre, Associate Vice President for Research and Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship, addressed a networking luncheon in the park’s Technology Center to debrief the group on the results of Penn State’s recently concluded Venture & IP Conference.
“We had 585 attendees at the conference. We were going to declare victory if we got 300, so that just tells you there was a great response from the university community and from places far away,” Delattre said, reporting that attendees came from all across North America.
Three local food trucks are making sure that the minds of Innovation Park’s entrepreneurs stay well-fueled. The trucks, Food For Thought, Street Meat, and World’s Fare Catering, serve Innovation Park four days a week from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The food trucks are one perk of Innovation Park’s coolBLUE Community. Setting up at two different locations during prime lunch hours, the trucks are a quick and easy lunch option for the park’s busy inhabitants. But their popularity comes from more than just convenience; they are all serving unique and top-notch food.
Check out the results from Invent Penn State's first Venture & IP Conference!