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dml neck brace

Neck Brace Prototype

Maker:  Aaron Araujo (Team Contact), Student-College of Engineering
Course:  MIE 415 Produce Design and Development
Department:  Mechanical Engineering

"The 3D printed object is a neck brace to prevent neck injury for off road cyclists. It is a senior design project for educational purposes.  We chose to 3D print because it was the best production option to go from a computer aided design model to a physical prototype. The result are nothing short of satisfactory. We have an exact physical model of what was designed on the computer using solid works. Not many other production methods offer this."

 

dml aquaponics print

Aquaponics System

Maker:  Erin Haley
Course:  NatSci 289H iCons Renewable Energy 2
Program:  iCons (Natural Sciences)

"The 3D printed object is a model aquaponics system.  We are using it for an educational tool in our public debate, and hopefully use it as a model to build a system on campus.  We wanted to 3D print this in order to create a visual tool to aid us in our presentation.  The result of the 3D printed object has allowed us to present complicated design information with a visual aide.People have responded well to this project, and we are more prepared compared to other teams in our project."

 

DML adventures in 3d printing

Various Student Projects

Faculty:  Alex Schreyer, Program Director (BCT), Senior Lecturer (Arch)
BCT 420:  Designing with 3D CAD and BIM 
Departments: Building and Construction Technology; Architecture + Design

"During the 2015 spring term, students from the Commonwealth Honors College and the Building and Construction Technology program were among the first to turn their 3D printing ideas into reality using the UMass Library's new 3D Innovation Center.  Shown above, students printed truss bridge models, tools, a foldable comb, a cup holder, jewelry, and a phone case. 

 

DML walker arm

Vacuum Mold Gripper “The Yankees Wayfarer”

Makers:  Jennifer Black, Devin Carroll, Robert Daly, Aimee Gonclaves, and Anna Russell
Course:  MIE 415 Design of Mechanical Systems
Departments:  Mechanical Engineering in Collaboration with the College of Nursing   

"These tube were used to create an extendable grabbing device to allow our client to pick objects off the floor.  Its end purpose is to increase independence and safety for our client.  The arm enables our client to pick up dropped objects from the floor whereas before she had to wait for someone to help her.  This reduces tripping hazards and helps our client keep her home clean.  We chose 3-D printing for the object because of its speed, cost, and simplicity to manufacture.  No off-the-shelf item could be found that fit our application."

 

DML ukulele

Ukulele

Maker:  Abigail Williams
Course:  HONORS 391A:  Digital Humanities
Department:  Classics

"I chose to print a 3D ukulele in order to investigate 3D instruments as a viable alternative to traditionally wooden instruments, in order to reduce the environmental impacts of the music industry. To assess the degree of interchangeability between corn plastic and wooden ukuleles, I had a musician record herself playing chords on each of the instruments, and then observed the differences in the recorded sound waves. And then, given that beauty is in the ear of the beholder, I asked the musician to comment on the sound quality of the 3D printed ukulele, as compared to an average one. In my Digital Humanities class, my final project was to present my findings about how practical 3D printed instruments are as a substitute in the music industry" 

 

DML prosthetic hand

Snap-Together Robohand

Maker:  Mei Li Dzindolet, Isenberg School of Management
Course: HONORS 391A:  Digital Humanities
Department: Honors

"The object is a Do-It-Yourself 3D prosthetic hand that is meant to be 3D printed and “snapped-together.” The prosthetic was invented by a man named Ivan Owen for a child who was born with an undeveloped hand. It is attached to the subject’s wrist and operates using wrist movement to create the tension needed to contract and relax the fingers.  My final project for Prof. Poehler’s class is an investigation of 3D printing usage for making prosthetics and I also wanted to look into how feasible this DIY approach actually is (between downloading the files, finding the resources to print the parts, and then actually putting the hand together)."

 

design with landform

Landforms

Faculty:  Carolina Aragón, Lecturer
Course:  LA297D/ LA 506 Studio - Design with Landform
Department:  Landscape Architecture + Regional Planning

"The use of the 3D printing is a great opportunity for students to visualize their digital models, explore new opportunities, communicate with clients, and more quickly generate design alternatives. The combination of digital and physical models, allows students to better grasp concepts related to the shaping of terrain, while encouraging creativity in their designs."

 

DML Bobblehead

Various Student Projects

Faculty:  Alex Schreyer, Program Director (BCT), Senior Lecturer (Arch)
Course:  HONORS 391A: Adventures in 3D Printing  
Departments: Building and Construction Technology; Architecture + Design

"The 3D printed object is a neck brace to prevent neck injury for off road cyclists. It is a senior design project for educational purposes.  We chose to 3D print because it was the best production option to go from a computer aided design model to a physical prototype. The result are nothing short of satisfactory. We have an exact physical model of what was designed on the computer using solid works. Not many other production methods offer this."

 

DML Pompeii quadriporticus

The Pompeii Quadriporticus Project 

Maker:  Eric Pohler, Assistant Professor of Classics
Department:  Classics 

"Bringing 3D printed models of actual artifacts into the classroom gives an immediacy to the object and recreates something of that confrontation that comes in actual fieldwork.  I’ve chosen this column not only because embedded in it is a microcosm of the entire building’s history, but also because the evidence for that history is expressed in the presence or absence of materials such as fluting, plaster, and erosion by water. "

 

DML frog dissection kit

3D Printing in Education

Maker:  Torrey Trust, Assistant Professor
Course:  EDUC 693: Instructional Design of Educational Technology
Department: Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies

"This project-based course focuses on the theoretical and practical issues related to designing instruction for digital learning environment. It is designed to show future teachers  how to use 3D printers as instructional tools for supporting constructivist learning experiences that are centered around design, creativity, and innovation."

 

mold making and casting

Moldmaking

Faculty:  Robin Mandel, Assistant Professor, 
Courses:  ART360: Moldmaking and Casting and ART 461: Advanced Sculpture
Department:  Art

"3D printing greatly expands the vocabulary for our students in moldmaking and casting.  By introducing 3D scanning and printing into the course, we can take the same form and print multiple copies, change the scale and color, alter the form within the computer, and even invert the form to print a mold directly, which can then be cast into using a whole range of different materials."