3D printing is a process of making three dimensional objects from a digital file. The Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC), which helps students create multimedia projects and is located on the second floor of Dunbar Library, acquired a 3D printer in November, 2015 and began testing. Not long after, Dr. Ashley Hall approached David Reyes, STAC Coordinator about working together on an exciting project to create prosthetic hands using 3D printing. Dr. Hall is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Wright State, with a focus in Digital Humanities. Dr. Hall’s class would be participating in the Helping Hand Project, a nonprofit organization based in Chapel Hill, NC that specializes in providing 3D printed prosthetic hands free of charge for children in need. Learn more about the Helping Hand Project by visiting their website.
Through this project, STAC staff were delighted to help Wright State students help others. They also learned a lot about the 3D printing process along the way, from preparing files for printing to troubleshooting the equipment. Students in Dr. Hall’s course began work on their 3D printed hands in February and completed their projects in April. To learn more, and see the 3D printer in action, check out this video produced by Dr. Hall’s students.
“It has been an amazing experience for us,” Reyes said. “And has us excited about what possibilities lie ahead.” STAC staff are currently working the bugs out of the 3D printer and finalizing details, like pricing and procedures. They hope to have 3D printing available for public use beginning in the Fall 2016 semester. Please follow this blog for updates. For more information about the STAC, please visit our website or call 937-775-2656.