Summer Intensive Gives Each Student Access to Individual 3D Printers
This summer, SAIC’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects offered what might be the world’s first design course equipped with individual 3D printers for every student. The six-week boot camp taught by Brian Anderson (MFAW/MFA 2011) explored rough and refined approaches to design visualization and prototyping, providing comprehensive exposure to fabrication and production capabilities and a weeklong 3D printing intensive. Student drawings and objects developed through a range of integrated approaches were displayed in weekly exhibitions on the 12th floor of the Sullivan Center at 36 South Wabash Avenue; an installation of 3D-printed objects and short videos is currently on view there. 3D printing equipment, consumables, and software was donated by Printrbot, Taulman 3D, and Simplify 3D. Access to 3D printing solutions has been expanding rapidly in Chicagoland recently. This spring, SAIC faculty member Tom Burtonwood co-founded the 3D Printer Experience, the Midwest’s first public access 3D-printing facility. Chicago’s Harold Washington Library also debuted the Maker Lab, offering introduction to 3D software and printing.