The Berkshire Innovation Center, a $13.8 million facility at the William Stanley Business Park, builds upon the region’s deep experience in life sciences, custom materials (e.g., plastics, paper, textiles), manufacturing and defense industries. The BIC’s collaborative environment brings together design thinkers, entrepreneurs and engineers so that they can have their next “eureka moment.”
Shared cutting-edge rapid prototyping equipment lets members test ideas before committing to manufacturing. The state-of-the-art facility includes large scale 3D printers for digital anatomy and high-performance materials, SolidWorks CAD software with workstations, a wet lab and a planned cleanroom. Companies in the area can elevate their level of precision and analytical power for prototyping.
Classrooms, lecture halls, five conference rooms, and meeting areas foster formal and informal interactions that stimulate creativity and lead to the next big idea. The BIC plans seminars and programs with leading experts, including those from nearby academic institutions, such as UMass, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and SUNY Colleges of Nanoscale Science & Engineering. Incubator and accelerator space are available for those that want to work in a rich, collaborative environment.