Student at UMD makes 3D printer

March 3, 2016Updated Mar 3, 2016 at 11:01 PM CST

Duluth, MN ( — Ever wanted to print anything in 3D?
Well now you can at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

School officials say they want to bring awareness to how this high technology system works and what it can do.

At an open house on campus today, UMD showed off a 3-D printer that a student made on his own.

Alex Stecker, a senior Industrial Engineering major, says he sees 3D printing as an important piece of future technologies.

“You could do it for anything really that you put your mind to. You could make food with it in the future. I don’t think it would taste very good, but you could if you could get it through the end of the nozzle. You could make food with it,” said builder of the 3D printer, Alex Stecker.

Stecker says the printer took him about 20 hours to build, over a span of a couple weeks.