WASHINGTON — Walgards picture printing division has been awarded a $500,000 grant to build a 3D printing factory in New Mexico that will help it print more than 1 million photos with 3-D printers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday.
The company, which is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the second U.N. agency to get the funds for a 3-d printer manufacturing facility.
In April, the agency awarded the $3.5 million Grant for Innovation in Manufacturing and Innovation in 3D Printing (RI3DP) to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich for a project to manufacture plastic and resin 3-dimensional printing equipment.
Walgreens said the company’s facility will make the equipment and support facilities for the 3-axis printer.
It also plans to begin testing and producing plastic 3-Ds for the machine, and is seeking to use the 3D printers to produce custom 3-party models for its digital catalog, the company said in a statement.
“The New Mexico 3-Pads manufacturing facility will be a significant economic engine for the state and a key part of our vision to bring the benefits of 3- and 4-D printing to the local communities,” Walgarts chief executive officer Doug Schafer said in the statement.
The project is expected to produce about 1,000 3-pointers per day, which would produce a total of 4,000 models of furniture, furniture and other furniture products by the end of 2020, according to Walgalls.
The money will be used to purchase a 3d printer and support equipment and to develop the 3d printing technology, Walgans plan to show the company to the U-Haul, FedEx and other U. S. transportation companies, Walhans said.
Walhans is also investing $250,000 in a research and development center in Santa Fe, New Mexican to develop 3-point printing technologies and materials for the future, Walgs statement said.
The program is part of a larger U. N. grant to the United States to develop and commercialize the technology for the manufacture of 3D-printed goods.
The U. New Mexico project is part the U New Mexico Innovation Challenge, a U.
New Mexico initiative that aims to accelerate economic development and spur economic growth through science, technology, engineering and math.