Florida State Receives 3D Printing Technology Donation From 3D Systems [GALLERY]


News Release: Florida State University
Updated: February 28, 2014, 4pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Hoping to spur creative and entrepreneurial innovation, Florida State University is adding 3D printing technology to its new innovation lab being developed by the College of Communication and Information.

3D Systems, the company that invented 3D printing, donated Cube 3 and CubePro 3D printers, a Sense 3D Scanner and software programs that include an accompanying 3D mouse for digital sculpting to Florida State to give students open access to the emerging technology.

“We are committed to empowering this generation of students with tomorrow’s skills today, and we believe that at the core of tomorrow’s necessary workforce skills is 3D design and printing,” said Leanne Gluck, director of social impact for 3D Systems. “3D design and printing not only democratizes local production for established companies and professionals, but it also enables students to be the inventor, the designer, the artist, and to have the tools to start their own business if they want to.”

The announcement of the donation came as the university wrapped up its Stacking Layers conference, a one-of-a-kind event that brought some of the nation’s top 3D printing experts to Florida State to increase public awareness of, and explore new ways to use the technology in research, business and everyday life.

“This gift will have a tremendous impact on FSU students,” said Larry Dennis, dean of the College of Communication and Information. “Providing students with ongoing access to state-of-the-art 3D printing technology is a great way to engage students and inspire them to think innovatively about the impact of this technology. 3D Systems' gift has helped create a fantastic opportunity for FSU's students and faculty.”

Ken Baldauf, director of FSU’s Program in Interdisciplinary Computing, said the gift is a kick-start for the university’s investment in this type of technology and training for students.

“The whole point is it will be a place where students can have free and easy access to the technology,” he said.

The donation came as the university wrapped up a 3D printing conference that featured experts in 3D printing and manufacturing from all over the country as well as an exhibition hall featuring the latest creations from 3D printers.

3D printing, at its most basic level, involves the use of a machine that “prints” three-dimensional images by stacking layers of material on top of one another. Smaller printers are often used to make toys or ceramics, while larger ones can make almost anything.

Medical researchers are looking at new capabilities with organ tissue and cells to see if one day, new organs can be completely manufactured. Other researchers are trying to build homes with giant 3D printers.

The overall lab for the university is still in development, but training classes are expected to be available in the near future for students who are interested in getting involved with 3D printing technology.

For more information on 3D Systems’ education initiatives, please visit its website.


By: Lanetra Bennett
February 19, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - An innovative process expected to revolutionize the business world was on display Wednesday.

Two FSU technology experts demonstrated how the 3D printing process works during the Tallahassee Technology Alliance luncheon today.

By using substances ranging from chocolate to stem cells, 3D printers can print anything from replacement shoulder joints to edible sculptures.

Marc Paul, Chairman of TalTech Alliance, says, "3D printing if you don't know is about to change all of our lives, because, I think I just read in the news where they printed lungs for people. So, we're getting close to Star Trek and it's a whole new world. TalTech is happy to be able to present these types of presentations."

During Wednesday's presentation, the 3D printer made a small statue of one of the monumental Easter Island heads.


News Release: Tallahassee Technology (TalTech) Alliance

Tallahassee, Fla. – Local business people and residents will have a chance to learn the basics of three dimensional (3D) printing, an innovation that is revolutionizing multiple industries, during the Tallahassee Technology (TalTech) Alliance luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 19.
During the luncheon, two Florida State University (FSU) technology experts will be on hand to explain and demonstrate how the 3D printing process works. The keynote speaker will be Ken Baldauf, the Director of FSU’s Interdisciplinary Computing Program. Jerry Home of FSU’s High Performance Materials Institute also will speak during the presentation, which will include a step-by-step demonstration of how to design and print a 3D TalTech logo.

“‘Printing in Another Dimension’ may sound like the subject of a science fiction film, but three-dimensional printing is real life, modern technology,” said TalTech Alliance Chairman Marc Paul. “Through the printing press, publishing was never the same. Now that 2D printing is no longer the only option, nearly every industry – from manufacturing to architecture – is transformed.”

Instead of using paper and ink, 3D printers can print objects using a wide variety of materials. By using substances ranging from chocolate to stem cells, people have been able to print anything from replacement shoulder joints to edible sculptures. At Wednesday’s luncheon, Baldourf will discuss which materials are best suited for the 3D printing process.

“The TalTech Alliance mission is to ensure that Tallahassee and the surrounding areas are Florida’s Capital for Technology,” said Paul. “We are extremely excited to provide the opportunity for local residents to learn more about this cutting-edge, revolutionary invention.”
The luncheon will be at Capital City Country Club, located at 1601 Golf Terrace Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no cost for TalTech members; non-members pay $20. Those interested in joining may sign up for membership at the luncheon. For more information on TalTech luncheons or to register to attend, visit www.taltech.org and click “upcoming events.”


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