This proposal provides a response to the question: Should Ohio University invest in 3D printing technology? The vital question that must be examined is: Does Ohio University want to be on the cutting edge of 3D printing technology? This is a chance to embark on an educational journey that transcends the various majors and colleges that make up the Ohio University community. The creation of the MakerLearn Lab we are proposing will provide students, faculty, and local surrounding communities the opportunity to learn progressive skills. With the creation of the MakerLearn Lab, the feedback, value and use by students will shape how Ohio University can grow with 3D printing technology and mold the educational values around learning experiences. There are only a handful of universities in the United States creating labs dedicated to the usage of this technology and Ohio University must be a part of this expedition.
During our research we have found that primary and secondary stakeholders are enthusiastic about the possibilities surrounding 3D printing and scanning technology. This enthusiasm is fueling university based 3D printing start ups throughout academia and private companies. There is a need for preparation to be successful in an industry that involves 3D printing. Our proposal justifies the need for establishing a creative academic environment that will introduce students to the potential that 3D printing technology and software offers.
The prevalence of 3D printing technology is not slowing down. It is our duty to educate Ohio University students and surrounding communities the necessary technical skills and benefits of using this technology. The cost to 3D print has decreased to pennies. The available opportunity to 3D print has increased. The cost of 3D printing and scanning equipment is currently feasible with an increased potential in printing rates, workflow efficiency, and variability in printable products. It is a priority of this proposal to signify the importance of educating students on the use of 3D printing and providing an opportunity to apply it to their specific interests.
Ohio University Patton College of Education did purchase a Makerbot 3d printer based off of our proposal and then we provided professional development training to our classmates based on the purchase.
Bruce Sunberg, Josh Antonuccio, Michael Donley, Larry Hess