CEWiT Teaches 3D Printing

By Sarah Hunker

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

On November 11, CEWiT hosted a workshop to help the IU Community learn how to use the 3D printers available at the Wells Library. Participants designed and learned how to print their own works of art. Ph.D. student Joey Huang and senior undergrad student  Xiaohang (Tina) Liu conducted the workshop, hosted by the 3D lab on the 4th floor of the West Tower in Wells Library.

Huang has been working in 3D printing for the past year in conjunction with her education learning sciences degree. She helps students learn more about the technology and how they can benefit from it in the future. One project is in robotics; students will design their bot and Huang and the other education science majors will map them out in a 3D model. “3D printing is a way to get something from your brain into something physical.”

3D printing can be used in any degree despite what some may think. Huang says that it can be used for any path. In her major, she uses it to help educate younger children; some physicians use it to create prosthetics. “We just want to get people to know that there are a lot of different ways to use 3D printing,” she said. Huang hopes that the workshop will bring awareness to the many uses of 3D printing, and that they can continue to encourage more women to utilize this new technology on campus. “Our target group (is) people who don’t know anything about 3D printing. Our expectation is to just have fun,” she said.

Liu has been using 3D printing for more than two semesters, and says that it has coincided well with her computer science degree. “The workshop of 3D printing is just a start to enhancing your tech skills,” says Xiaohang. Without these workshop opportunities she says people will never know what they can learn unless they take advantage of the workshops offered on campus. "We hope from this workshop that we gain some experience for CEWiT to encourage more women to work in the technology fields which is really important.”

CEWiT is planning to host more 3D workshops in the future and will announce them to our mailing list.