1, 2, 3D! A LOOK AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA 3D PRINTING create, innovate, and have fun

All texts and photos by Menrika Christian

Welcome to CoFab Makerspace at the University of Ottawa's Visual Art Department located on the second floor.

Ah! You may wonder what they do here. With Macs Desktops that have the latest 3D applications installed and ready for any students to prepare their prints.

CoFab gives you the free opportunity to create 3D prints using the Ultimakers 2+, a 3D printing technology now accessible to University of Ottawa's students.

It can even be used as a hangout spot for you and your friends while you wait for your prints to finish, which might take a few hours to a day depending on the size.

Guess What? That is not the only space available to 3D print on Campus! There is also the Colonel By Hall Makerspace at the Colonel By Hall building. The experts are always more than happy to help. Experts such as Adriane Henry in this picture.

They have even more 3D printers at your disposition to make sure you complete your projects on time.

Well equipped, engineering students particularly goes to this Makerspace. It is the busiest season of the year and everyone is trying to get all their prints done!

Now let's look at how David Pantalony's Digital Curation at a National Museum's class (DHN 3300) is using 3D printing in his class. This week he even brought his kids to test his student's prints.

Adriane decided to print parts of the Clay Adam's anatomical model from the Science and Technology Museum and create a "Feely Bag" as she calls it. It's simple, yet fun! In which visitors of the museum must try to guess which anatomical parts they are touching.

Tristan Lamonica presented a 3D print of a bladder cancer to the young visitors in which they had a few difficulties to guess what the object was at first glance.

Dalie Brisson in her case showed a Chinese doll print. These types of dolls were used in traditional Chinese medicine in a time where Doctors were not allowed to touch female patients thus had to use a doll to try to diagnose their patients.

Alejandra Guzman-Zazueta had a 3D print of a stethoscope that the kids guessed right away! Although the tube part was her own purchase the rest was 3D printed in parts.

It was fully functional as Mr. Pantalony verified this fact himself.

As for Shanna Ossé, she presented her print which was a heart with a disease called atrial septal defect in an educational way. She made fill the visitors fill the 'hole' that was in the heart.

And here is Professor Pantalony, holding a can of chips and taking it easy with his students. He shows that in his class everyone can have a little bit of fun once in a while and still getting their work done.

The day of activities is ending joyfully with the Digital Curators of the University of Ottawa.


Menrika Christian

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