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Playing in the 3D Printing Sandbox

CIT’s 3D Printing Sandbox is a place for faculty to come and play with 3D printers in JMU’s 3-SPACE. The sandbox provides a way to explore all of the possibilities 3D printing offers and to ultimately get ideas about how to incorporate 3D printing into their courses.

Instructional Technologist at CIT, Jamie Calcagno-Roach, coordinates and facilitates the sandbox with math professor Laura Taalman. Laura manages the 3D printing labs in Burruss and Roop Hall. She also teaches an undergrad GSCI course in which the students learn how to use the 3D printers and design objects to be printed.

There are eight participants in the sandbox this semester. Ann Wallace, associate math professor in the College of Education, is using the sandbox to learn how she can create 3D geometric shapes for her students to use in the classroom. Bob Eliason from the College of Business is focusing on creating more practical objects with the 3D printers. For example, he’s created a hook to go in his shower to hold his wooden back brush because he wasn’t able to find exactly what he wanted in stores. Bob also mentioned creating and printing a contraption for his desk that would hold all of his cords.

Ann Wallace designs on the computer

Ann Wallace designs on the computer


The 3D Printer in action


Bob Eliason's finished product

Interested in learning more about 3D Printing? Hod Lipson from Cornell University recently co-authored “Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing” and will be presenting a Faraday lecture at JMU on Thursday, April 24th at 7pm. Visit http://cise.jmu.edu/documents/Faraday%20Lecture.pdf for more details.