Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition
The Bluford Building at Innovation Park
Located at 230 Innovation Boulevard, CIMP-3D is a key part of Innovation Park at Penn State. Innovation Park is a 118-acre area of office, manufacturing, and research space. Additionally, Innovation Park houses the Penn Stater Conference Center hotel – a 300 room hotel with state-of-the-art conference facilities.
CIMP-3D is housed in the Guion S. Bluford Jr. Building. The building is named after Guion S. Bluford Jr., a Penn State alumnus, who earned his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering in 1964 and became the first African American in space. Bluford joined the NASA astronaut training program in 1978 as one of three African Americans in his class. Five years later, he flew his first mission on the Space Shuttle Challenger. Over his astronaut career, Bluford logged 688 hours in space over four missions, with his final flight aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1992.