Government in the Third Dimension

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Last Monday, Jan. 24, County Executive Mike Hein was presented with a 3D-printed model of the Ulster County Office Building, created by one of SUNY New Paltz’s own students.

Olivia Privitera, the artist, is involved in the Painting and Drawing program here and dabbles in sculpture, ceramics and other similar arts, as well as math and science.

“I gravitated towards art because it gave me opportunities to synthesize a lot of my interest and express them in new, creative ways,” Privitera said in a press release. “My experience with 3D printing at SUNY New Paltz has been more wonderful than I ever thought it would be, and I’m really excited to apply these skills creatively and continue working across the disciplines as I move forward with my career.”

Also present at the event was Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center (HVAMC) Director and Dean of the School of Science & Engineering Daniel Freedman, HVAMC Assistant Director Kat Wilson and President Donald P. Christian.

“Our students from art, engineering and business working on these projects have tremendous applied learning opportunities that challenge them and prepare them for the workforce,” Christian said. “We take pride in the initiative’s many accomplishments and are privileged to be an anchor for additive manufacturing in the state.”

The model will be on display in the lobby of the Ulster County Office Building. Hein sees great importance and futures with 3D printing, supporting the educational opportunities, as well as economical, that advanced technology such as 3D printing provides.

“SUNY New Paltz continues to be a leader in providing outstanding educational opportunities to students while simultaneously assisting businesses and entrepreneurs throughout our region with this incredible technology,” Hein said. “I want to especially thank Olivia Privitera for creating this amazing 3D Model of the Ulster County Office Building.”

The Ulster County Office Building, containing Privitera’s model, is located on 244 Fair St. in Kingston.