3D Printing Comes to Campus!

By Ashley Hosseini

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Perhaps you've heard of 3D printing--from projects like printing innovative fashion accessories for the runway to printing prosthetic body parts for better rehabilitation--we are learning more about the impact of this new technology in a huge variety of disciplines. 3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file,and this technology has made quick prototyping and iterative design thinking a reality across sectors. On our own campus, maker culture and makerspaces (often furnished with equipment for use like 3D printers and laser cutters) were deemed a priority in the IU Strategic Plan announced earlier this year. Building off of this momentum, it is very exciting to announce that 3D printing is now available to students, faculty and staff in two different venues at IU Bloomington!

Read below for information about the two open houses this week for two totally new labs offering 3D printing on campus!


3D Printing Lab

(Wells Library)

What: 3D Printing Lab Open House

Time: Friday, November 13th, 10am-4pm

Location: Wells Library, 4th Floor

Description: Stop by and visit our newly opened 3D Print Lab and talk to us about how 3D printing might enhance your teaching and research. This service is available to faculty, staff, and students.

Perk: Make your Friday the 13th lucky by picking up a 3D shamrock at the open house! Plus, enter to win a free 3D print!


The MILL (Make Innovate & Learn Lab)

(School of Education)

What: The MILL (Make Innovate & Learn Lab) Grand Opening

Time: Monday, November 16, 4:00-6:00 pm

Location: Wright Education Building Atrium (School of Education)

Description: Celebrate the gran opening of The MILL (Make Innovate & Learn Lab) at the School of Education! This new makerspace will provide students and faculty the opportunity to explore the impact of “making” as an educational tool in the classroom. You’ll find hi-tech and low-tech options to explore at The MILL, everything from 3D printers to Legos. Innovative and collaborative projects are already underway!

More info: Read this article about the launch of the space! 


In addition to these events, please stay tuned to discover ways you can learn 3D printing with the help of CEWiT. We are launching a 3D printing workshop program early next semester, and we look forward to teaching the many ways students, faculty and staff can engage with this intriguing new technology!