Week 1: An Eye Opener

Digital making is a class I heard about last spring when it was first starting out, and I’ve been dying to see what it was all about. I had a general idea but nothing too in detail. After our first day in class and having a guest lecturer who has been working with 3D printing and a lot of the research that has gone into this piece of technology already was really amazing to learn about. Along with the fact that 3D printers are not as new as we think. They have been around for a while now and the applications that they can have just keep growing every day.

Learning about all the other applications that a 3D printer has is really eye opening and makes my original reasoning to take part in class look really minuscule. I had only seen printer to help aid plans and designs and allow then to be seen in 3D forms, but there are real working object that can be made from them. It has completely changing the health and medicine industry with 3D MRI and hearts that can be printed and studied. One can also use them to create larger machinery used for construction just by switching out materials.

Now that I have a new found respect for this piece of technology and I would love to learn what I can gain from this class other than using the printer as an aid and nothing more. Going through websites like Thingiverse I see so many little inventions that make everyday life simpler for so many people, the possibilities are truly endless.

3 thoughts on “Week 1: An Eye Opener

  1. I am also very excited about this amazing technology even though it’s been around for a long time and you can see its practical application once in a while on the media. But on the other hand I do think people are a little bit too optimistic about what this technology can bring to our daily life, I mean from my point of view, if no “super material” is discovered/invented, then it’s application would be highly restricted. It seems to me like the advance of this technology relies heavily on material science

  2. It’s always good to see more and more minds being opened towards 3Dp! Here’s to learning as much as we can throughout our time in this course and hopefully coming up with some exciting applications for the technology!

  3. Can’t believe that 3D printing has been around for almost 30 years now! I’m super excited to learn more about 3D printing and its uses.

    Isn’t it interesting that 3D printing can be used to create new organs for research purposed? I was totally fascinated when John brought that up.

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