This semester is unlike any that Colorado State University has seen and everyone here at the Idea2Product Lab is so excited to be able to continue to provide a place fore students of all majors to explore their creativity through the use of 3D printers and scanners. HOW WILL THIS SEMESTER LOOK DIFFERENTLY IN THE LAB? We will be limiting… Read More »Fall Semester at the Idea2Product 3D Printing Lab
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While the Idea-2-Product lab is generally a place for students to work with scanning and printing 3D objects, CSU professors sometimes use the lab as well. Dr. Sam Bechara is one of these professors. Bechara came to the Idea-2-Product lab in order to print objects needed for a demonstration for the Mechanical Industrialization advisory board. He is trying for a… Read More »Breathalyzer Printed at the I2P
Current and past Idea2Product staff members share the behind the scenes work of the lab with individual blog posts. Being part of a Maker Space allows for the staff to teach students what they need to know about 3D printers as well as learn from our members. Managing the labs printers is a full time job for our staff, and… Read More »Behind the scenes at Idea2Product Lab
The 3rd annual State of 3D Printing, 2017 study from Sculpteo reports that 90% of companies using 3D Printing consider it a competitive advantage in their strategy. 3D printing is being used during the first phases of new product development and Sculpteo predicts 55% of companies will be spending more in 3D printing services and solutions in 2017. The Idea2Product… Read More »How to Get Started with the Idea2Product Lab
Idea2Product staff members, Will Van Noordt and Ray Huff, participated in the ‘Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase‘ (CURC). The CURC is held each April for students enrolled at CSU to showcase what they have learned from their scholarly research, scientific inquiry, and/or creative endeavors. The project presented by Van Noordt and Huff was created for their Engineering Design II… Read More »I2P Staff Presents Stepper Motor Rendering at CURC
As classes resume and projects pile up, the Idea2Product 3D printing lab decided to make it easier than ever for students to attend 3D printing training on campus. Since training is not only open to CSU students, but the Fort Collins community, it has been moved from the lab in the Engineering building to the Morgan Library. The new location… Read More »I2P 3D printing training expands
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.
From ballet shoes to human tissue, printing ideas into 3-D reality