3D Printers: Building and Designing the Future (8-9)

Over the last few decades, 3D printing—also known as additive manufacturing or rapid prototyping—has evolved from a niche technology used by large industrial manufacturers to what many proponents now describe as a legitimate and disruptive force that will be “bigger than the Internet.”  In this class we will explore the nearly infinite world of 3D printing. We’ll learn something about the history of 3D printing and design, and speculate about future applications of the technology (like cars or aircraft or food— NASA has invested in the technology to make this one possible). Each student will learn how to build a 3D printer from the ground up; once the printers are built, we will concentrate on using modeling software and maintaining our printers. Each student will have the opportunity to design an object for their own use—it might  be practical or whimsical or even unimaginable at this point.

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