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Build 3-D Printers and Design Cool Things!

PHOTO: Female undergraduate learning to build a 3-D printer.

Twelve students learned to build 3-D printers this semester at Marston Science Library (MSL). Think the class was just for engineering students? The majority of students enrolled were not engineering majors, which MSL’s Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Visualization Librarian Sara Gonzalez thinks is a great trend:

“The libraries have provided 3-D printing since 2014, but many students don’t have the opportunity for hands-on experience with 3-D technologies. I developed this class so students, regardless of course or major requirements, could use the 3-D printers and learn to successfully build one from scratch. Hopefully this class demystifies the whole 3-D process and students will continue adding to their skills by borrowing 3-D printers and scanners from Marston.”

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The 3-D printer building class (IDH 3931) will be offered again in spring, 2019. Dr. Gonzalez will also hold one day “build-a-thons” this summer and fall, so keep an eye on the libraries’ Twitter page (@MSL_UF) and 3-D printing webpage for announcements.