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Creative Collaboration at Hendrix: 3D Printing & Makerspaces


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Hendrix College embraces creative collaboration, through technology, with a dedicated Makerspace and two MakerBot 3D printers. In this session, David J, Hinson discusses the thinking behind their Makerspace, and how Hendrix is integrating new technology into a liberal arts curriculum.

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Creative Collaboration at Hendrix: 3D Printing & Makerspaces

  1. 1. 3D PRINTING & MAKERSPACES •  What is 3D Printing? •  What are Makerspaces? •  Why a Makerspace at Hendrix College? •  Project Examples
  2. 2. 3D PRINTING A process for making a physical object from a three- dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material.
  3. 3. 3D PRINTING Additive Manufacturing, through Sequential Layering
  4. 4. TYPES OF 3D PRINTING •  Extrusion / FDM •  Electron Beam Free-Form Fabrication (EBF3) •  Granular •  Laminated •  Light Polymerized
  5. 5. TYPES OF 3D PRINTING •  Extrusion / FDM §  PLA - Polylactic Acid §  ABS - Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
  6. 6. MAKERSPACE A makerspace is a community- operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and/or collaborate.
  7. 7. 3D PRINTER POLICIES All project files must be pre- approved by the Media Center Professional Staff.
  8. 8. 3D PRINTER POLICIES 3D printers will be operated solely by trained Hendrix College faculty and/or staff.
  9. 9. 3D PRINTER POLICIES Files should be in *.STL format for printing. Staff can give direction for converting files if needed.
  10. 10. 3D PRINTER POLICIES Finished projects will be charged by weight, including structural supports needed for the final print. Projects will be charged at $0.10 per gram.
  12. 12. LESSONS LEARNED •  Have a Plan •  Inform your Communities •  Develop Subject Matter Experts / Champions •  Evaluate & Revise