Students’ 3D printed creations come to life at the University Library’s Creative Media Studio – Daily Sundial
CSUN University Library’s Learning Commons Creative Media Studio attracts a wide variety of engineering students, testing their 3D prototypes and fabrication. 3D printing has benefited the medical field by manufacturing prostheses.
“Many medical professionals are working on how to 3D print real body parts, like the nose and ears, so that they can attach it to someone who has lost that particular body part,” said Eva Cohen, Head of Learning Commons.
3D printing consists of building an object or a figurine in three dimensions thanks to a method of superposition. This method of layering uses a variety of materials to create the shape, size, texture, and color.
The CMS uses a filament of non-toxic, biodegradable material for printing called PLA plastic, which is made from cornstarch. The studio is funded by campus quality fees, which are voted on by students and included in their tuition fees.
As part of the Learning Commons, CMS provides students with tools that help them create visual content and bring their designs to life through 3D printing.
CSUN introduced 3D printers to the library to expand its “media-only technology offerings to more STEM-based tools that promote the idea of creating, collaborating, learning and sharing,” according to Cohen .
Students are able to create prosthetics, DNA strand models, chess boards, flexible rubber phone cases, and even Alice in Wonderland figures.
The studio started running workshops in the fall of 2016. The workshops help both beginners and seasoned experts gain more knowledge and gain hands-on experience with studio equipment.
It is aimed at those interested in prototyping, digital creation and multimedia production. The workshop is a learning experience allowing students to show their creativity and develop their technical skills.
“Just as our in-person services are geared towards those of any large, we wanted to make sure our workshops are understandable to someone who has never even opened an Adobe program, taken a DSLR camera, or seen a 3D printer, ”Cohen mentioned.
Workshops had to be cut back this semester due to the pandemic, according to Cohen. As a result, 10 of the 19 workshops were made available to students this fall semester for a two-week period. ThinkerCAD, a free design web application, is recommended for students who are new to 3D printing. A free 30-minute online consultation can be made through the Creative Media Studio LibCal reservation system.
“3D printing is a kind of emerging technology that’s coming into different libraries and they even bring them into preschool, all through grade 12 to kind of promote their emerging technology in education,” Cohen said during ‘a workshop for beginners. on Zoom.
A CMS student assistant guides the student through the process of choosing a frame and style for 3D printing.
Once the print is cleared, the student receives a rough run of the print. According to Cohen, the median printing time is around five to six hours, while the maximum is 10 hours.
“Students who immerse themselves in 3D printing will develop critical thinking skills that will help them solve common errors in 3D printing models and allow them to solve more complex problems within the mechanics or software of the machine. ‘printer,’ Cohen said.
3D printers aren’t the only tools the library has for students. Laser cutters, 3D scanners, sewing machines, button makers and virtual reality equipment are also available.
Students of any major have access to multimedia and production tools such as cameras, tripods, audio recorders, green screens, and lighting equipment.
The CMS department provides students with computers to use for editing video, photos, audio, and 3D modeling.
The CMS is closed for face-to-face workshops for the fall semester, but is open for in-person appointments. The studio plans to organize face-to-face workshops in early spring 2022.