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3D printing culture is taking over Colorado: now what?

The rise in popularity of 3D printing is all thanks to patents expiring and intellectual property becoming available on the open market. Since some of this has begun to enter the public domain, 3D printing has become en vogue and more accessible: as evident by the 3D printers available in Galvanize, CSU’s Idea-2-Product Lab and open workspaces like Boulder Hackerspace.

There are a variety of different printers out there, including SLS type printers that use a laser to fuse a powder into its final form and FDM (Fusion Deposition Modeling or Extrusion Printing), which is, in essence, akin to a very fine hot glue gun that squirts out plastic instead of glue.

Polyjet printers, like the one Effective UI president and founder Anthony Franco has installed at Galvanize, can be thought of as inkjet printers that use incredibly fine droplets of plastic to print out their creations. Simply put, it looks and moves sort of like an inkjet printer; a print head moves back and forth across the printing bed, depositing tiny drops of plastic with each pass.

As you could imagine, these machines are dealing with a very serious level of precision and what you can do with it is very impressive. This level of detail is evident in the prints that Franco has on display on a counter next to the printer, from functioning ball bearings to an eerily realistic mold of a human hand, complete with visible bones.

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Engaging the minds of high school students in a way that inspires and encourages curiosity can be one of the most rewarding experiences in the life of any teacher. Ben Doremus, an engineering teacher at Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins, has recently watched his students’ imaginations and enthusiasm engage with 3D printing, which was recently introduced to his high… Read More »I2P Lab Introduces 3D Printing to Ridgeview Classical Schools