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Blog #11: 3D Printing in the classroom

One problem I consistently see in younger students is retention issues where students become bored with their work and thus are unable to absorb information. 3D printing presents a special way of learning in the area of design accompanied by hands on experience. Just recently at the design expo we found students from State College high school to be very interested in printing and design. Some of the printers we made in class were donated to the school for the students to use. The students enjoy being able to create objects and compete with friends on the most decorative designs with the only complaint being the time it takes to successfully print the pieces. In order for 3D printing to have a maximum effect we must decrease the time it takes to make the prints. The result of these actions would allow more students to become familiar with design printing. Some companies are taking education and printing into their own hands. In fact,MakerBot, the manufacturer of 3D Printer, is providing a dual-color Replicator from their next production run to the STEMulate Learning program. MakerBot is also sending printers to 25+ schools in hopes of having 3d printing implemented into the curriculum


Blog #10: 3D Printing of the future

3D printing is fairly young and new ideas on modeling are surfacing every day. With the rise in technology engineers and architects worldwide are coming up with new design schemes and ways to build a better world. Traditionally engineers have been limited by tools and a set of rules which prevented the fruition of some really great ideas. In the past, many objects were made via mold manufacturing, casting and machining which can prohibit imaginative creations. The good news is today we have more means of creating wild, imaginative designs. With 3D printers, designers can implement higher details, hollowed sections and even multi layer designs. Some of the best designs presently incorporate spinning gears of various colors. With the speed or rapid prototyping, it is also expected that consumers will be able to immediately receive their products from home, skipping the shopping centers all together.


Blog #9: 3D Printing in Libraries

1. Since the release of the eBooks and iPads, the culture of book lovers has been evolving. People are demanded the simplicity and convenience of these electronic devices and the future is looking bright for libraries that have taken steps toward advancing with the rise in technology. The DeLaMare Science library is fed up with the typical idea library processes and hopes to create a spike in design interested by introducing use with 3D printers. DeLaMare wants to push people to interact by sharing ideas for design and creativity. One strategy currently being implemented is the use of a large white board for users to write on.

People are less encouraged to eat and communicate in large groups which results in the common library atmosphere full of shushing and silent footsteps. By making the library more design friendly, people will be encouraged to make some noise with ideas.

Here in state college we have many libraries. Paterno and Pattee are the largest but many buildings in state college have libraries within them. Based on the progression of the DeLaMare I would recommend all libraries adopt this type of design culture. I believe libraries are too quiet and could benefit from 3D printing. If people saw the library as a more social place, chances are they would want to learn, read and design more.


Blog #8: DRM (Digital Rights Management)

1. These articles don’t conflict with my previous argument. I believe everyone is entitled to personal work/art. The issue is introduced when a company makes misleading laws to trap people into stealing the designer’s work. This new technology is fair because it checks for print codes for patented work. This will be slightly restrictive because it will discourage printing considering the limited amount of objects available for print without a patent. On the contrary, this DRM system will be good for protecting the rights of the designer.

Blog #7: Seeing is believing, Disney crafts 3D printed optics (Video)

1. Being able to create optical sensing devices on demand will reduce cost of manufacturing. The time it takes to build electrical components will also be significantly reduced. Information will be able to be transferred through surfaces for applications such as opening doors with the touch of a finger.

2. Our printers can only be used to print objects layered from PLA plastic. The light piping was made from a different material.

3. As mentioned earlier, some applications could be used to make touch operation for doors. The device could be placed on the door as an operation sensor to control the door. Since optics can transfer information, it could be used for communicating identification between users through a network. I would like to implement this technology for use with one of my invention ideas.

Blog #6: How 3D Printers Are Reshaping Medicine

1. Universities around the county are looking to build more precise 3D models by taking advantage of “Bio ink” technology. Professors at the University of California and Wake Forest University are currently implementing this new technology in hopes to reduce drug testing cost. By making more precise models, researchers will be able to determine failed drugs earlier in the testing cycle. Also, researchers report advancements in organ replication and knee cap replacements. The whole idea of saving money using the 3D printers is a good idea. If their hypotheses prove correct, the medical industry could save lots of money. Most of this information makes me think of some of the old video games I used to play like Metal Gear Solid and Deus Ex where the use of nano technology and biological advancements where intertwined within the story of the game.

Some issues I see are related to manufacturing, time and the cost of the “bio ink”. There will be an issue with black-marketing organs and limb replacements. If anyone can get the file to an organ, they could get a printer to attempt printing limbs unofficially. If organs or replacements are inaccurate, implementation could result in further damage to the person. The person would then have lawsuits with the manufactures of the printers and doctor/printer.

2. I don’t think bio ink will be open source and released to the public like repraps are currently. I am certain the reprap community will continue to research the use of 3D printing and bio-research.


Blog #5: Open Source, Sustainability, and DIY

1. If i were a member of the gun project I would try to make a deal with the government to acquire some sort of profit for my 3D Printing efforts. The government will find a way to regulate something like this so I would want to get a quick money before the whole operation is completely shutdown.

2. The government can only regulate something that they know about. The only way I could see them being able to regulate this would be if they could somehow figure out when a person was printing a weapon. This way if a person printed a weapon or too many of a particular weapon type, the government would be alerted. The printer would have to be connected to the internet.

3. Other things that would be prone to prohibition would be:

Keys to facilities Police Badges Other weapons (besides guns) Copyright devices

Blog #4: Intellectual Property

Makerbot is having a big impact on the industry with their introduction of the Prusa and now the Replicator 2. They also have made huge steps in the area of design with the help of the many others via contributions to the Thingiverse site. Makerbot has announced that they own all the open source material on Thingivere now which I think is unfair. I don’t understand how something is labeled open source and in the same breath now labeled as being owned by a company. If that is the case, people should stop uploading their designs and create another thingiverse.


Blog #3: Organization of Print service and basic print skill acquisition

1. The government will always try to place a restriction on some sort of building or manufacturing but I don’t see how they will be able to enforce a policy for personal printed parts.

2. My personal passion is technology. I enjoy find new tech and using new gadgets. I hope to use my mechanical engineering degree and ,my aquired knowledge to invent a benchmark design. When people ask me about my interest I usually bring up my love for technology and passion for inventions. I also see my interest in being an inventor as a way to attract a future mate. Women want men with skills and capabilities, and in my case I see my knowledge as an attractive trait that should be brought up in conversation with women.

3. The spread of knowledge is great and in most cases will benefit everyone in the population of the spread. I do not believe 3D printing will destroy intellectual property at all. I believe if this were the case, intellectual property would have been destroyed a long time ago with the printing press, which initially enabled ideas to be recorded and distributed.


Blog #2: Basic Operation of Repraps

1. The idea of having a self-replicating universal constructor is feasible but to become effective in our economy the quality of prints must improve. To achieve plausible results from the prints it is necessary for the printers to be accurate and show consistency. The implementation of some preventive law is the only potential draw back I can conceive.

2. The phase wealth without money could have a few meanings. To me it means acquiring a useful trait, bit of knowledge or ability that in most cases has not been used for the purpose of economic gain. There is no problem with this idea if everyone is willing to share their wealth. The problem I see with the idea of wealth without money is that it is not easily definable.

3. I see 3D printing really expanding in the future. Some applications would be for simple services such as printing a comb on a personal device or use in commerce via vending machines. The system I envision would involve objects being purchased and printed out.

Possible Venues:

Commerce Personal Education Business


Blog #1:

Useful: [1]"Paper Clip" You never know when you might need the classic paperclip. I am glad I can now print one at will

Weird: [2] "Badass Stanford Armadillo" This appears to be some type of character or action figure. Not sure of the origin... but's weird

Funny: [3] "Beavis and Butthead" Is a classic funny cartoon. I was surprised to see it on Thingiverse.

Artistic: [4] I came across this giant "acrylic spider". It has many colors which immediately caught my attention. It looks difficult to make.

Pointless: [5] "Image of After Be Pearce's Curse Control" I am still having trouble figuring out what this is lol.




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