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3d printing for fun and science and libraries


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3d printing for fun and science and libraries

  1. 1. 3d Printing for fun and science… and libraries? Micah Altman Director of Research, MIT Libraries In collaboration with Matthew Bernhardt & Randi Shaprio
  2. 2. Use in Research & Scholarship • Designing a satellite (collaborative design prototype) • Robot attachments (rapid prototyping) • Modeling Human Coughing (physical modeling) • Fashion Blogging (fashion/art design) MIT Students* * Real examples from Jan 13 IAP course participants MIT, January IAP 2014 • Medical implants and prosthetics • Teaching aids – manipulatives, training • Information visualization & materialization • Transmit/share/access fragile objects – archeology, archives, biology • Architecture – form & function • Manufacturing – custom parts, complex parts (airplane industry), field replacements • Art and architecture • Food printing for quantified self • Bio-fax stage 1 - viruses • Guns and weapons • Pharmaceuticals • Embedded sensors, printable eletronics • Programmable matter Lab & Industry Experimental 3d Printing for fun and science? 2
  3. 3. How can “fab” tech make research better? Control over materials Lowers barriers Enable New Forms of Design Increased object complexity Localized design Shape Variety and customization Portable Composition Reactive design Lead time – just in time Generative design Minimal manufacturing skills Expanded design space Behaviors Physical sample, remix & burn Precise physical replication MIT, January IAP 2014 3d Printing for fun and science? 3
  4. 4. Integrated Fabrication & Research Lifecycle Support for Research Lifecycle Intervention & Measurement Conceptualization & Theorization Fabrication Digitization Prototype instrumentation for interventions Embed sensors for measurement Materialize models for analysis Modfiication Materialize models for collaboration MIT, January IAP 2014 3d Printing for fun and science? 4
  5. 5. Makerspaces in a Research University Proportion of Libraries with Maker Spaces or Services Sales Yale school of Architecture NCSU Libraries Umich Library 3D Lab Delamare Libraries, U. of Nevada Columbia University Libraries MIT, January IAP 2014 Not Planning 23% Providing 41% Planning 36% Source: Gardner-Harvey Library; Sample: Convenience web sample; 143 respondents 3d Printing for fun and science? 5
  6. 6. Is the future of MIT Academic Villages and Maker Spaces? “Today, we face an increasing challenge in giving our students the knowledge and experience of reducing theory to practice.” "Project Athena brought about a wave of innovation in the software realm; could new Maker Spaces together with a reinforced commitment to learning-by-doing create the next generation of tinkerers, fluent in advanced manufacturing and rapid prototyping techniques?” - Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education MIT, January IAP 2014 3d Printing for fun and science? 6
  7. 7. How could libraries help? • We ‘know’ information – Fab makes information material, and vice versa • We are interdisciplinary – Making crosses all disciplinary boundaries • We build literacy – making builds literacy in design, science, technology, engineering, art, and math • We support research – to use fab researchers need support – with core set of skills and knowledge outside their research domain • We steward the scholarly record – digitizations, designs, models are all unique & valuable parts of the record being produced here & now • We create physical spaces for research and learning MIT, January IAP 2014 – successful ‘makerspaces’ bring together ‘good’ location; ‘good’ space; hardware & software; skilled staff; local and global knowledge management 3d Printing for fun and science? 7
  8. 8. Questions? Program on Information Research MIT, January IAP 2014 3d Printing for fun and science? 8