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Board # 119 : MAKER: Large Outdoor Display to Indicate 3D Printing Queue

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Make It!

Tagged Division

Manufacturing

Page Count

14

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https://peer.asee.org/27705

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127

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Nathan Delson University of California at San Diego

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Nathan Delson’s interests include mechatronics, biomedical devices, human-machine interfaces, and engineering education. He isCo-founder and Past President of Coactive Drive Corp., which develops novel actuators and control methods for use in force feedback human interfaces. Medical device projects include an instrumented mannequin and laryngoscope for expert skill acquisition and airway intubation training. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and then went on to get a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. He was a lecturer and Director of the Design Studio at Yale University for four years, and then returned to his alma matter, UC, San Diego, in 1999. He is now a tenured lecturer and Director of the Design Center in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He teaches hands-on design courses, including an introductory design class, a mechatronics class, and a capstone design class. His interests in design education include increasing student motivation, teamwork, and integration of theory into design projects.

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Jesse DeWald UC San Diego

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DeWald is an engineer, educator and entrepreneur. As director of the EnVision Arts & Engineering Maker Studio at UC San Diego, he works directly with faculty and instructors, and empowers students to use the studio to the fullest extent possible. He is committed to the Experience Engineering initiative that strives to implement hands-activities beginning on day 1 of engineering programs.

Before joining UC San Diego in 2015, DeWald helped design and implement a fast-growing, NSF-funded engineering education program for high school students. DeWald has more than nine years of industry work experience in research and development, large-scale manufacturing and product design.

DeWald earned his mechanical engineer degree at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.

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Alex Tunchez UC San Diego

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B.S. Candidate Aerospace Engineering
University of California, San Diego '18

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Sebastian Bommer UC San Diego

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Undergraduate MAE student at UCSD

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Abstract

A new Maker Space open on campus and we wanted to increase its visibility on campus while also performing a useful function for the student body. We wanted our space to highlight abilities to use technology in a wide range of uses. The Maker Space is housed in a building with windows facing a walkway, so we repurposed the upper portion of the windows to build a LED display. The LED matrix had a spacing of 3 cm between LEDs so that it would not impede light entering the room, but still be visible to people walking by the building. As with many maker spaces, the availability of 3D printers can become an issue. Accordingly, our display provides information about the current percent usage of 3D printers. While we could have conveyed this information as simple text or a webpage with usage status, we challenged our students to integrate art with engineering. Current sensors were added to each 3D printer in the space, so that the speed of animation would increase as more 3D printers are in use. The data is transmitted wirelessly to an Arduino that controls a custom built LED matrix on the window. The information about printer usage is present in the peripheral vision of passerbys without being intrusive. Students who are not aware of the Maker Space could see the display, and possibly be enticed to check out the space. Students who use the space could with a glance see if it was a good time to head up to find an open 3D printer. All students would be exposed to the integration of art and engineering.

Delson, N., & DeWald, J., & Tunchez, A., & Bommer, S. (2017, June), Board # 119 : MAKER: Large Outdoor Display to Indicate 3D Printing Queue Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27705

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