Tag Archives: 3D design

3D Printers In Every Public School?

MakerBot wants a 3D printer in every public school by the end of 2013. The company made the announcement this week after launching an initiative through DonorsChoose.org. The crowdsourcing site for teachers will offer discounted MakerBot 3D printers, which individuals and organizations can help fund. It’s estimated that it would take $250 million to purchase enough 3D printers for each of the nation’s 100,00 public schools.WCCO-TV toured the University of Minnesota College of Design’s DigiFabLab yesterday with Dean Tom Fisher to learn more about MakerBot’s plan, which is owned by Minnesota-based Stratasys, and what it means for the future of the classroom. More stories from the College of Design:Students Win Best in Show at Fusion+FashionWindow Display Honors Campus LeadersRybak to Teach at the College of Design…

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Student Uncovers "Lost" Video and Photos of the Metropolitan Building

In the fall of 2012, adjunct teaching assistant professor Jim Dozier (Architecture) asked students in his 3D Architectural Modeling and Design course to create detailed 3D computer models of a significant work of architecture. B.D.A student Theodore Wright wanted to create something with lasting implications. Working with Dozier, he rendered a repository of "lost" Rapson buildings for the Virtual Reality Design Lab in Rapson Hall.The first model they created was the Chateau (also known as the U of M's Students' Cooperative Dining Club). It was built in 1964 and only stood for 9 years. It was replaced with a housing structure of the same name. Part of Wright's research involved interviewing Kay Lockhart (B.A. Arch '57, B.Arch '58) who helped…

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[Video] Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry, Meet 3D Technology

Stereotomy is the science of cut solids and how their complex structures are assembled. Commonly used by art historians, architecture assistant professor Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla used the process to understand how three churches were constructed in the Mixteca region of southern Mexico in the 16th century. “The gothic vaults require drawings in order to define the underlying geometry of each of the ribs and in order to know the information necessary to carve pieces,” writes Enrique Rabasa-Diaz, in a forward to the book about Ibarra’s new exhibit “Mixtec Stonecutting Artisty,” which opened in April at the gallery of the Centro Cultural San Pablo in Oaxaca City, Mexico. “But [In the 16th century] it was generally believed that in order to understand the…

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Third Nature Catalyst on Display During Northern Spark

The second annual Northern Spark last weekend featured 200 artists, 120 projects, 10 food trucks, five Minneapolis neighborhoods, and a handful of Architecture students from the College of Design. The students, who took Blaine Brownell’s Third Nature Catalyst course this spring, displayed their work along the Mississippi River Parkway near the 3rd Ave Bridge in Minneapolis. The course looked at cross-overs and hybrid conditions characterizing a “third nature”, where computationally generated form and technology in architecture are integrated by design with  ecological materials and natural processes. Teams were instructed to design wetware habitable cladding (wood dwelling spaces that will eventually rot away) for various locations along a pedestrian bridge. Once installed, the cladding would provide homes for various native insects, as well as a food…

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