Learning by Making:
The Illinois MakerLab
Aric Rindfleisch
Vishal Sachdev
University of Illinois
July 11, 2013
3D PRINTING...
Agenda
1. Experiential Learning
2. 3D Printing Initiatives in Higher Ed
3. The Illinois MakerLab
4. Implications for Busin...
Experiential Learning
I HEAR AND I FORGET
I SEE AND I REMEMBER
I DO AND I UNDERSTAND
Experiential Learning
1. Participative
2. Interactive
3. Real world contact
4. Uncertainty
5. Feedback
Market Information Lab
Student Comments
“It was empowering to be in control of something so
innovative. I almost felt like I was part of making
h...
Definition: Learning by Making
“Learning by making involves an interactive
and hands-on process in which students
learn th...
3D Printing Initiatives
3D Printing Service
3D Print Club
ThinkLab
think[box]
“The future is
already here.
It’s just not evenly
distributed.”
—William Gibson
MakerLab.illinois.edu
Learn, Make, Share
“The world’s first
Business School
3D Printing Lab”
Our Mission
To provide University of Illinois students and
faculty with the knowledge and resources to
be at the forefront...
Our Profile
Hardware: 10 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers
 
Software: Inventor & Tinkercad
 
Number of Employees: 5 + multi...
Our Activities
Student Tours & Introduction to 3D Printing
Teaching and Research Support
Open Printing Sessions
Monthly Me...
Our Lab
StudentTours
Jeff’s Lightbulbs
Ben’s WiFi Display
Tina’s Spider Shoes
Robohand
Source: dezeen.com
Tutorials
“MakingThings” Course
Learn:
Product conceptualization
Digital design
3D fabrication
Make:
Identify a market need
Design a...
Business Implications
Challenges
1. Most students still haven’t heard of
3D printing.
2. Less than 1% have ever seen a 3D
printer in operation.
...
An Easy Question
“If you could buy anything,
what would you buy?”
ATough Question
“If you could make
anything, what would you
make?”
Opportunities
1. Access to 3D printers is rapidly
expanding outside of academia.
2. 3D design software is quickly
becoming...
Eric Chapman
Engage with MakerLab
1. Corporate sponsorship opportunities
2. Faculty & student research projects
3. Students available f...
ThankYou!
uimakerlab@illinois.edu
@uiMakerLab
http://MakerLab.illinois.edu
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  1. 1. Learning by Making: The Illinois MakerLab Aric Rindfleisch Vishal Sachdev University of Illinois July 11, 2013 3D PRINTING EXPO: CHICAGO
  2. 2. Agenda 1. Experiential Learning 2. 3D Printing Initiatives in Higher Ed 3. The Illinois MakerLab 4. Implications for Business
  3. 3. Experiential Learning
  4. 4. I HEAR AND I FORGET I SEE AND I REMEMBER I DO AND I UNDERSTAND
  5. 5. Experiential Learning 1. Participative 2. Interactive 3. Real world contact 4. Uncertainty 5. Feedback
  6. 6. Market Information Lab
  7. 7. Student Comments “It was empowering to be in control of something so innovative. I almost felt like I was part of making history.”—Ellen “This exercise was my favorite because we were actually able to make a product that we could touch and hold.”— Michelle “It allows consumers to be creators rather than buyers. I think this is one of the coolest aspects of 3D printing because we no longer have to rely on corporations for all of our needs.”—Mike “There was a feeling of accomplishment and pride that came with making the cookie cutter.”—Rachel
  8. 8. Definition: Learning by Making “Learning by making involves an interactive and hands-on process in which students learn through the design and creation of new objects.”—Rindfleisch & Sachdev 2013
  9. 9. 3D Printing Initiatives
  10. 10. 3D Printing Service
  11. 11. 3D Print Club
  12. 12. ThinkLab
  13. 13. think[box]
  14. 14. “The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed.” —William Gibson
  15. 15. MakerLab.illinois.edu Learn, Make, Share
  16. 16. “The world’s first Business School 3D Printing Lab”
  17. 17. Our Mission To provide University of Illinois students and faculty with the knowledge and resources to be at the forefront of the emerging Maker Movement.
  18. 18. Our Profile Hardware: 10 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers   Software: Inventor & Tinkercad   Number of Employees: 5 + multiple volunteers   Number of Visitors (as of 7/9/13): 600+   Colleges Served: Business, Engineering, Letters & Science, Architecture & Art & Design   Total Printing Hours: 1,000+   Press Coverage: Daily Illini, Perspectives Magazine, BizEd, WCIA News
  19. 19. Our Activities Student Tours & Introduction to 3D Printing Teaching and Research Support Open Printing Sessions Monthly Meetups Tutorials   “Making Things” Course Road Shows    
  20. 20. Our Lab
  21. 21. StudentTours
  22. 22. Jeff’s Lightbulbs
  23. 23. Ben’s WiFi Display
  24. 24. Tina’s Spider Shoes
  25. 25. Robohand Source: dezeen.com
  26. 26. Tutorials
  27. 27. “MakingThings” Course Learn: Product conceptualization Digital design 3D fabrication Make: Identify a market need Design a new product Print prototypes Share: Upload on Thingiverse Market via Kickstarter, Ponoko, or Shapeways
  28. 28. Business Implications
  29. 29. Challenges 1. Most students still haven’t heard of 3D printing. 2. Less than 1% have ever seen a 3D printer in operation. 3. Even fewer have the skills to create their own designs. 4. Few schools offer hands-on 3D printing resources.
  30. 30. An Easy Question “If you could buy anything, what would you buy?”
  31. 31. ATough Question “If you could make anything, what would you make?”
  32. 32. Opportunities 1. Access to 3D printers is rapidly expanding outside of academia. 2. 3D design software is quickly becoming more accessible. 3. Contact with 3D printing is highly engaging and often addicting.
  33. 33. Eric Chapman
  34. 34. Engage with MakerLab 1. Corporate sponsorship opportunities 2. Faculty & student research projects 3. Students available for jobs & internships 4. 3D design & printing services 5. Guest speaker opportunities
  35. 35. ThankYou! uimakerlab@illinois.edu @uiMakerLab http://MakerLab.illinois.edu
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