3D Printing Success Story
You know how to print a document. But do you know how to print an object? Last summer, a 3D printing makerspace came to NAIT’s library (U310). Cindy Thierstein, Coordinator Access Services, explains that “the NAIT Library Makerspace provides the NAIT community with space, tools, and support to enhance hands-on education.
Among the tools available, are 6 three-dimensional (3D) printing stations. Students manufacture their own creations for both academic and personal interest.
3D printing and Marketing
Student Ryan Houle became aware of the 3D printing capacity through an Open House in early September. Given his own interest in computer design and technology, it seemed natural to use the facilities. In a marketing course, where the goal was to conceive an invention and then create a visual representation of it, Ryan’s work stood out. He envisioned an adjustable guard for a hair clipper and used 3D printing to fashion a realistic model. Ryan’s work carried the look and feel of a real product, making it a marked departure from traditional paper or cardboard creations
3D printing and Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Technology student Ian Berends has also taken a keen interest in the equipment. While his effort is driven purely by personal interest and creative impulse, the integration of 3D printing within his program is invaluable. “3D printing is a natural next step from some of our 3D modeling classes as it allows us to take what we have learned and apply it in a fun way,” he says. “Many students in my program have started to use the maker space for various design courses because it allows us to prototype components easily and relatively fast.”
3D Printing and You
Students or staff who wish to try their hands with 3D printing are welcome to check it out in the Makerspace.