Things are moving fast in the 3D Lab. During most hours of the day, there are quite a number of students hanging out, making things, and having fun together. The laser engraver arrived early this week; we can’t be more excited about that. The Maintenance department is busy with preparing the area in the lab to receive it. All three 3D printers are being used practically all day long. When a printer misbehaves, our engineering students and lab staff are on the problem immediately. The 3D Lab really is a group effort in maintaining the lab and helping one another.
Last semester, CerCo LLC (a ceramics company in Shreve, Ohio) received advanced CAD training from Dusty. Employees learned how to design basic objects (such as water bottles) and advanced parts needed by the company. We were recently informed that one of their employees used these skills to design a rubber stamp for marking their product. She purchased a 3D printer for home, created the design in CAD, and now the stamp is being used by the company!
The R/C airplane club has taken off since its beginning last semester (pun intended). The club meets every Monday evening at 6:00 to fly planes in the auditorium. Feel free to stop-by, you may be given a plane to fly! It’s an exciting mix of students, staff, and community members sharing a passion for flying. Some of the model planes are commercially bought, others are designed and fabricated in the 3D Lab. All are exciting to fly. One even scored a point in the basketball net!
We make regular outreach visits to communities, from schools to businesses to community organizations. Thanks to Kevin Engle, we gave a demonstration of 3D printing and careers in engineering to a large group of people from the Wayne County Kiwanis chapter. Even that mayor of Wooster was present to see the 3D printer in action. As usual, there was lots of interest both during and after the presentation. Thanks, Kevin for this connection!
Today, a reporter from the Daily Record interviewed aeronautical engineering student Chris Ryan about the reconstructed jet fighter nosecone project. We had a lively talk about the project, various faculty & staff joined in the conversation, then followed by interaction with students in the 3D Lab. We love connecting with community; they become aware that the 3D Lab exists and can introduce new projects for us to work on.
So you broke your arm, got sent to the emergency room, and while you were there the doctor recommended to acquire a CT scan for good measure. While you wait in the emergency room, it occurs to you that it will be interesting to see a 3D printed model of your broken bone, so you kindly ask the nurse for a copy of the CT Scan. One fellow did just that!
See how 3D printing helps build upper jaw prosthetic for cancer patient. The latest groundbreaking treatment involves an Indian cancer patient, who has had his upper jaw replaced with the help of 3D printing:
Until next week,
It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the college received its first 3D printer. Thanks to the generosity of the dean and the community, we now have a dedicated room, three printers, and other “makerspace” equipment that fosters creativity and invention. The birth of this space has fostered the growth of the R/C Airplane Club, given engineering students a place to work and collaborate, the ability offer training to schools, companies, and community organizations, and is now an official stop during student orientation! We’ve come a long way in such a short time.
Last weekend, students Chris and Kenny to traveled to the MAPS Air Museum in Canton. Their goal was to scan the nosecone of a jet fighter using the 3D scanner provided by the Orrville Boys and Girls Club. Due to inclement weather that day, the museum was officially closed. But since Chris reserved the visit, they received a personal tour of the facility and complete access to the jet and hangar staff!
The nosecone on this plane was damaged; our students’ goal is to reconstruct a replacement with 3D printing. Here is the jet without its nosecone:
Chris made an amazing time-lapse video of the process; check out the 3D scanning that happens at 1:07:
With our students and 3D scanner safely back at Wayne College, they began work of re-creating the nose cone in software, using multiple images from the scanner:
Stay tuned as work on this impressive project continues.
Engineering students in the Dynamics class are gearing up for the model rocket portion of the class. In addition to designing and fabricating the rockets, students are expected to calculate flight worthiness of their designs, such as wind tunnel tests, center of pressure calculations, center of balance studies, and more. One student has already begun 3D printing his rocket, including a custom designing locking mechanism to attach large fins together.
Earlier this semester, Senior Lecturer Betty Rogge graciously offered to create an introductory video of the 3D Lab. Morgan wrote a wonderful script, Dusty was the star, and Betty shot the video. After a lot of takes and editing, the resultant video is excellent (and quite humorous)! We hope to also create instructional videos on the use and maintenance of the 3D printers and other equipment. Thanks, Betty, for all of your hard work on this video!
Cars created with or enhanced by 3D printing are all the rage. German electric vehicle manufacturer StreetScooter recently completed the prototype of its C16, most of the exterior components of which were created using a Stratasys Objet1000 3D Production System:
Think that 3D printed objects are unappealing? Think again. See how a replica of a vintage 1965 Shelby Cobra sportscar was created by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit:
We have some big announcements to make in the coming weeks, so stayed tuned to the excitement in the 3D Lab!
After taking vacation for a week in the sunny state of Florida, I wondered (and even worried) about how things were going at the Wayne College 3D Lab. It seems that the room generates a life of its own; there are always a smattering of students working on various projects and hanging out together.
Chris (a Wayne College student who also works in the Technical Support Department) is president of the R/C airplane club, now in its second semester. This past Monday, a sizable group of students and community members flew almost two dozen radio controlled airplanes in the gym. Part of the success of this club is from the 3D Lab, allowing students to create functional parts for their planes. They’ve made engine mounts, wheels, landing skis, wings, propellers, and more. The culmination of this club is the creation of a large plane with a five-foot wingspan! Nathan is busy preparing it for its first flight hopefully next week.
During the first year of operating the 3D Lab, we realized that 3D printers require constant maintenance just as copier machines and laser printers do. There is always something to fix, calibrate, and optimize. Thankfully, most of our 3D printers have annual service plans which cover the cost of replacement parts.
Our first 3D printer (generously provided by the Laura B. Frick Charitable Trust) has been a solid performer. Last week, after 20 minutes into a print job, the print bed would not move up/down properly which resulted in a failed print and gobs of melted plastic everywhere. Dusty took the time to tear the printer apart to discover stray plastic lodged in the z-axis rod. Our engineers have no problem with getting to the heart of difficult projects!
The week before last, we were invited to present 3D printing and careers in engineering to the Wayne County Business Referral Group (courtesy of Kevin Engle). The members of the WCBRG are comprised of business people whose companies conduct business in Wayne County. Members join together to help one-another succeed in business through the exchange of qualified business referrals.
Morgan and I brought the portable printer and was well received as their monthly speaker. The question and answer session was quite lengthy as folks were interested in the technology. Most have heard about 3D printing but few have seen it in-action. Morgan and I had a fantastic time with the group.
Those of us “makers” in the 3D Lab are always up for a challenge. One of our instructors found a figurine on www.thingiverse.com and asked if we could print it for her husband. The result was a 21-piece figurine of a flying monkey from the Wizard of Oz. We used our best printer for the job, the Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation provided by the Romich Foundation. It took 12 hours to print all of the parts, then a student and Theresa Rabbitts’ son assembled them into a fully articulating figure. Everyone helps each other in the 3D Lab, turning DIY projects (do it yourself) into DIT (do it together). This is a nature of a true makerspace.
Did you know that the International Space Station has a 3D printer that works in zero-gravity? See how NASA “e-mailed” a ratcheting wrench to the ISS that was printed in space:
See how the University of Utah used 3D printing to create a prosthetic ear for a four-year-old to help with fitting in with classmate during his first year of kindergarten:
Stay tuned for more happenings in the 3D Lab next week!