Class Summary: Build a Printer Event

For this past week’s class, the main objective was to learn and gain as much hands-on experience from the 3D Printing Expo. To accomplish this objective, students chose to partake in certain sessions of the event. Specifically, these sessions were assembling a 3D printer from the Ultimaker kit, upgrading the Ultimaker 2 to the Ultimaker 2+, and scanning of individuals’ heads to be 3D printed. Students, along with the help of an Ultimaker representative, had to work together in order to complete these tasks. By the end of the event, students gained a variety of skills from the workshop such as team building and critical thinking. Although the 3D printer wasn’t fully assembled from the kit, the Ultimaker 2 from the Illinois MakerLab was fully upgraded to the Ultimaker 2+. As for the scanning session, there wasn’t a completed 3D printed object in the time allotted for the event. The reason as to why these two sessions were left incomplete is simply because they require a lot more time. All in all, students worked really hard during the event and thoroughly enjoyed it. Check out some of the stills from this past week’s event below!PicScreen Shot 2016-04-03 at 6.10.13 PMPic 3Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 10.29.00 PMScreen Shot 2016-04-03 at 6.11.34 PM

Clearly, the students were engrossed in completing their tasks. Here are some quotes from students in regards to the event!

“It seemed like a mission impossible for us due to lack of experience on assembling, but we never lacked teamwork between each stage.” -Ran Jin

Week 9 Reflection-building a 3D printer

“Prior to this experience, I did not really understand how 3D printers worked and how all the components fit together. After taking one apart, and putting it back together successfully, I have a much better understanding of how these components fit together.” -Reid Dahlstrom

Check out all of the other students’ responses to this event by clicking here. Also, if you’re interested in learning more about the Ultimaker, check out a few of the links listed below:


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  1. Awesome pictures Josh! I forgot to take a final look at the frame before we had begun cleaning up so thank you for posting! I agree, I think overall the event was very successful and did a great job publicizing the course!

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