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College-level math exploration in 3D at JMU 3SPACE

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This fall’s liberal arts math course at James Madison University used 3D printing and design as the basis for exploring fractals, infinity, and other mathematical curiosities. The students learned Tinkercad, OpenSCAD, and other 3D design tools to construct mathematical objects from scratch, investigated the mathematics of those objects, and presented their work in blog posts and showcases… // Ultimaker Education

3D printed fractals at JMU 3SPACE

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Pioneer Professor Laura Taalman (a.k.a. mathgrrl) reviews a multi-week study of fractals by general education math students in the JMU 3D printing classroom: The James Madison University 3SPACE classroom kicked off the Fall 2017 with 10 new 3D printers and a new 3-credit general education course exploring fractals and four-dimensional representations of objects… // Guest post at Ultimaker Education

Creating a Community of 3D Educators at the Construct3D Conference

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3D printing and digital fabrication efforts are happening at hundreds of institutions around the United States. The thing is, there’s often just one faculty or staff member leading the 3D effort, working alone. If you’re lucky, maybe you’re part of a small team. What happens when you put hundreds of those leaders in the same place? We found out at Construct3D at Duke University last weekend!… // Guest post at Shapeways

JMU 3SPACE: Building a 3D printing classroom

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Over the last four years, the JMU 3SPACE classroom has supported 3D printing across the curriculum by hosting general education classes, courses in mathematics and art, projects in history and biology, workshops for local K-12 school groups, faculty workshops, and even a 3D printing club. We’ll walk through how 3SPACE went from ideas to equipment to curriculum… // Guest post at Ultimaker Education

3D Printing Knots at the Unknot Conference

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At this year’s UnKnot conference, Lew Ludwig and Chris Faur set up two 3D printers: a Ultimaker 2E+ and a Formlabs 2, including a UV-light drying station with a solar rotating stand. During the conference, mathematicians designed and 3D printed original models of pretzel knots, hyperboloid stick conformations of torus knots, hexagonal mosaic tiles, and rolling trefoils… // Guest post at Ultimaker Education