3D Print and Scan Lab

About The Space:

This space is available for student, staff, and faculty exploration and discovery for development of 3D content with greater ease than before. 

Prior to implementing this new space we were limited to printing 3D objects that are created outside of campus or those created through the usage of 3D creation software.  Learning to use a 3D modeling program can take considerable time and effort and even for experts, creating new objects from a 3D modeling program can be a lengthy task. By contrast, a 3D scanner would allow anyone the ability to create a 3D model of an existing object which could then be printed out on our existing 3D printers.  

Additionally, those 3D objects that are scanned would be transferable to an online platform where they could be linked to and viewed online as a fully rotatable object. See the above example of such an image, which is the bust of Amenemhat III from the British Museum also found here https://skfb.ly/B8Eu

This would add depth to online course content as instructors would be able to go beyond a two-dimensional picture of objects and instead allow online students the ability to truly examine objects that might otherwise be passed around during a face-to-face version of the course.

Reserve Room

How It Works:

Reservation of this space can be done online using our registration form. We would schedule a time that fits the room availability and one of the times you provided us. Reservations can be made as far as 2-weeks in advance. Here are a few handy videos of how to use either of our 3D Scanners available for use in this room. 

Matter & Form Scanner:

Sense Scanner: 

Examples of Space Use:

There are a lot of examples of benefits one would see with online or hybrid classes such as Geology, History, and Biology where artifacts, samples, and specimens are commonly handled during a face-to-face class to allow students to carefully examine and gain a better understanding of the objects.  Online, this can only currently be replicated via photos, but even with multiple photographs, the ability to physically rotate and explore the object cannot be replicated. 

With 3D images created via a 3D scanner, online students would be able to get closer to the in-class experience of holding rock samples or examining a Civil War artifact while still taking the course online.  This would be a valuable addition to online course content that has the possibility to increase student satisfaction, understanding, and success in an online course. 

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