Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Dr. David Prawel


Office: Scott 309
Mobile: 970-402-7776
Campus: 970-491-2519

Dr. David Prawel

Director, Idea2Product Lab

Biomaterials Research and Engineering Laboratory

Associate Research Professor

Mechanical Engineering

School of Advanced Materials Discovery

Dr. Prawel co-directs the Biomaterials Research and Engineering Laboratory (BREL) with Dr. Susan James, and develops biomaterials for cardiovascular and orthopedic healthcare. They hold several patents on novel technologies for orthopedic and cardiovascular applications.

Dr. Prawel also founded and directs CSU’s Idea2Product (I2P) 3D printing lab, which provides access to 3D printing, scanning, software and related technologies, along with education and support for users.

Dr. Prawel has enjoyed a four-decade career as an entrepreneur, consultant and educator in 3D technology and digital product development. As an entrepreneur, he helped build 6 startup companies, with one successful IPO and hopefully one more in the works. As a consultant, he has advised dozens of manufacturing companies large and small in the application and deployment of 3D technology in global product development and manufacturing. As an author and speaker, he has published many articles and presented at numerous international conferences on a wide range of topics involving 3D technology in digital product development, 3D printing, and design / manufacturing collaboration. He is currently an Associate Research Professor in Mechanical Engineering at CSU, where he develops biomaterials for orthopedic and cardiovascular medicine, teaches additive manufacturing and runs the Idea2Product 3D printing lab, which he founded in 2012. In addition to his love affair with 3D technology, he is married for 40 years to a remarkable and extremely understanding woman and has an extraordinary son who is shaking things up in high-tech.


  • Ph.D. 2011, Colorado State University—Biomedical Engineering
  • M.S. 1980, State University of New York at Buffalo—Natural Sciences
  • B.S. 1978, State University of New York at Buffalo—Biology
  • Certificate, 2002, University of Michigan Executive Education—Mergers and Acquisitions for Technology Companies


Research Interests

  • Development and 3-D printing of ceramic photopolymers for bone regeneration, with a particular focus on critical-sized defect repair
  • Advanced structural design of bone regeneration scaffolds
  • 3-D printing of elastomeric biomaterials for cardiovascular healthcare, currently focused on heart valve leaflet materials
  • Micro-structural design of 3-D printed elastomeric heart valve leaflets, for example, to optimize blood flow across the leaflet or to manage turbulence on the leaflet surface

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 – WSCOE Outstanding Researcher Award
  • 2014 – Colorado State University, OPIE Award for Innovation in Online Education

International Connections

  • Country: South Africa
    Contact: Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa – Research Collaboration
  • Country: New Zealand
    Contact: University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand – Research Collaboration
  • Country: India
    Contact: College of Engineering, Pune, India – Research Collaboration
  • Country: Netherlands
    Contact: University of Twente, Fraunhofer Centre for Complex System Engineering, Enschede, Netherlands – Research Collaboration