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A Sweet Introduction to Manufacturing

This week, students showed off brand new lollipop designs to their candy “client,” pastry chef Diane Yang. Designing for Manufacture, a new course in taught by Cory Schaffhausen (Product Design), introduces students to manufacturing processes through hands-on projects in the DigiFabLab and gives them a chance to design under client constraints. When Yang met with the class to present the […]

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[Video] KSTP-TV Goes 3D (With a Little Help From Us)

There’s an action figure for every Disney character and blockbuster movie, but what if you could create an action figure that looked a lot like … you? The combined technology of the Human Dimensioning Lab and DigiFabLab at the College of Design made it possible for Channel 5 reporter Chris Egert to have his body digitally scanned and then printed as a 3D object. Printing a scanned replica of yourself is just one of the growing number of possibilities – from Urbee the car to this glamorous dress – made possible by this emerging technology. Students across design disciplines are using it to test prototypes and build their models. What would you create?  More stories from the College of Design:Design…

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Bruce Vento Elementary Partners with the College of Design

Terry Wiley's fifth-grade students received a unique design education opportunity this year. As part of an initiative to keep creativity vibrant in children, the College of Design adopted Bruce Vento Elementary in St. Paul to bring design learning into the classroom.On May 3, students spent a day on the Minneapolis campus where they engaged in a design exercise with Abi Asojo (Interior Design) by creating a 3D room on the computer; spoke with Tex Ostvig, the coordinator for Kids on Campus, about the importance of college and their role as citizens and problem-solvers of the future; watched the Daily Planet's video episode about the Toy Product Design course and imagined themselves as toy designers of the future; and took front…

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U of M College of Design's DigiFabLab Officially Opens

Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 14, marks the official grand opening of the College of Design's Digital Fabrication Lab, or DigiFabLab – a state-of-the-art digital prototyping and fabrication facility. The DigiFabLab allows students to explore additive and subtractive prototyping and manufacturing technologies, and includes 3D printers, laser cutting systems and CNC milling equipment. It is located in Rapson Hall, on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. The Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Stratasys corporation – the inventor and world's largest manufacturer of fused deposition modeling (FDM) equipment – has generously donated over $50,000 in 3D printing equipment, including a Dimension SST 1200 printer and associated materials, for the DigiFabLab. "I'm grateful our commitment to creativity and advancing technologies is shared with terrific community…

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