Emerging 3D-printing applications at RIT
A. Sue Weisler
3D printing has taken hold at RIT. Across the university, people are influencing how the technology will evolve beyond manufacturing processes to everyday usage—from the development and use of new materials such as copper inks to new forms of artwork and the use of 3D-printed models in math classes. Here are only some of those influencers:
Making Waves: Nate Barlow and Steve Weinstein are making and using 3D-printed models of mathematical equations to illustrate wave systems and other fluid dynamics concepts as part of their research.
Life-like Limbs: Millions of people in impoverished countries need prosthetics. Helping to meet that need is Jade Myers, an RIT alumna and lab manager at the RIT Access Technology Prototyping Lab.
Taming Copper: Fifth-year chemical engineering major Tobias Hull has spent nearly two years helping develop a copper metal ink solution that could impact mass production of flexible electronics.
3D Ceramic Printing: Last February, the ceramics program in RIT’s School for American Crafts hosted Bryan Czibesz for a three-day workshop during which students and College of Imaging Arts and Sciences faculty worked with the visiting artist to create a 3D printer from scratch.
Technology in gear: When a Rochester-area manufacturer experienced a broken gear shaft on a 1960s German-made machine whose parts have been long unavailable, RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability came to the rescue with a unique additive manufacturing solution.
March 25, 2019
RIT staff and alumni named FIRST Robotics Volunteers of the Year
RIT alumni and long-time supporters of FIRST Robotics, Dan Schneiderman and Joe Kessler, were recognized as the 2019 Regional as Volunteers of the Year during the FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional competition March 15 and 16. Both were honored for their contributions to the organization and the regional competition, serving in a variety of roles from advocates and team mentors to field judging, set up and match coordination.
March 22, 2019
Two comics illustrators to share experiences March 26 and April 4 at RIT
Noah Van Sciver, an Ignatz award-winning graphic novelist and illustrator, will discuss his work across genres in comics on March 26, and Kriota Willberg will discuss her new book, Draw Stronger: Self-Care for Cartoonists and Visual Artists, and her work across media in graphic medicine on April 4.
March 21, 2019
RIT to premiere short film aimed at promoting dialogue on diversity and inclusion
RIT will debut a new short film to be used as a tool for promoting dialogue on diversity and inclusion. Brick by Brick, presented by RIT Diversity Theater, premieres at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, in Wegmans Theater at MAGIC Spell Studios.
March 21, 2019
Saunders College professorship facilitates ‘unlikely’ interdisciplinary research relationships
As The Benjamin Forman Collaborative Research Professorship, Victor Perotti acts as a facilitator for research alliances that benefit students and faculty that find value in building a portfolio around unique interdisciplinary partnerships.