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Mizzou’s College of Engineering’s Prototype Development Facility offers state-of-the-art technology for both academics and industries alike. MU’s purchase of five high-quality 3-D printers has allowed the college to excel as one of the leaders in prototype development. MU’s Prototype Development Facility offers incredible opportunities with both speed and affordable costs.

Advantages for students:

The Prototype Development Facility at MU is one of only a few of its kind. A unique characteristic of the facility is the incorporation of MU students. Roughly 90 percent of the prototype development process is attributed to drawing and 3-D modeling, which is exactly what students do. The facility is open to all departments in the College of Engineering and available to multiple senior capstone design projects. Competitive student teams and organizations also utilize the Prototype Development Facility to its fullest potential.

Business and Entrepreneurship:

Another aspect of prototype development is outside businesses and entrepreneurs. From small start-up companies and individuals up to large corporations, many businesses find assistance and resources with the Rapid Prototyping Education and Application Network located in Lafferre Hall. This partnership of the University of Missouri Extension and the College of Engineering offers advantages to those looking to make prototypes that will aid in the development of businesses and consumer products.

The variety of options that comes with having five different types of 3-D printers makes the Prototype Development Facility a great resource for all interests. There is a machine for any part you need made. With options like color printing, choice of material, variety of size and layer thickness, and multiple resolution levels, chances are that we have the perfect machine to make your prototype.


Innovations in the medical, farming and engineering industries, to name only a few, have been made possible by 3-D printing’s advantages. Cost-effective and speedy delivery make the services at the Prototype Development Facility useful and available to all who are interested. For more information and specific questions, please contact us here.