Beacom School of Business Opens Lab With 3D Printers

3D Printer 3D Scanner in the Innovation Lab at USD Beacom School of Business

VERMILLION, S.D. -- A new Innovation Lab equipped with the latest 3D equipment will help student entrepreneurs in the University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business to quickly and inexpensively develop prototypes for their ideas.

The lab, which formally opened Monday, provides experiential learning opportunities to students in various aspects of entrepreneurship, including rapid prototyping, market research and new venture creation, said Venky Venkatachalam, Beacom School of Business dean. That will allow them to do market feasibility studies and business planning in a shorter timeframe, he said.

The Innovation Lab equipment includes three Ultimaker 2 and MakerBot model 3D printers; a MakerBot Digitizer 3D scanner; computer; and computer-aided design (CAD) software by SolidWorks.

Besides adding the lab, the Beacom School of Business is training next-generation entrepreneurs through new academic programs in innovation and entrepreneurship, hiring world-class faculty and engaging students in collaborative and experiential learning opportunities.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News