Weekly Update: 6/2/2014

The Design Studio now features a new project status board. Stop by to check out models, see our active projects, and check out the 3D printer in action today!

Professor Rice’s Moss Canopy Project Update:

The slideshow included below shows an example of a typical stem of sphagnum moss, the SolidWorks design that we’ve been working with, and a close up view of our model. Within the close up view you’ll see the ‘holders’ that will be used to attach string to the moss branches.  On this string, living material will bring water through the plant’s branches and stem.  Tomorrow, final design corrections will be made before printing out the first prototype!

MakerBot 3D Printer Update:

Jeremy Saigalle has been, for the past couple of months, fixing the Design Studio’s Makerbot.  As a result of his 3-D printing experience, and some replacement parts from the Makerbot corporation, the Replicator is now back up and running.

Check out some of the images below to see what he’s been printing.  Highlights include a bioengineering capstone design project part, iPad stands, and various other fun models.


Bio-engineering Capstone Design Projects

The Bio-engineering students here at Union College are finishing up their work on their capstone design projects this week. Stay tuned to find how they’ve incorporated 3-D printing into their designs!

Nott Shot MakerBot


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  Earlier this week we fabricated a model Nott on the Design Studio’s MakerBot Replicator Dual. Unlike the Stratasys Connex 500 the MakerBot uses plastic (specifically PLA)  and extrudes filaments of material in a stringlike form.  The MakerBot is substantially … Continue reading