Additive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, is rapidly transforming many fields of endeavor, such as manufacturing, medicine, and the arts, by enabling low-cost, accurate creation of highly-detailed solid objects under computer control. The technique consists of laying down successive layers of material to build an object. Objects of almost any shape and geometry can be composed, using a variety of materials. We'll begin the class with instant gratification from printing pre-defined objects (for examples, see http://www.thingiverse.com), and then learn various ways to create and modify the models used to create 3D objects using computer-aided design and photogrammetry software. You'll have the opportunity outside of normal class times to print your own objects with hands-on use of a consumer-level 3D printer. Lecture (plus questions). Hands-On Computer Use. Viewing Videos.
Requirements: Expect to install free, open-source software on your own computer. You will need to do homework and make extra time to use the printer if you wish to print your own creations.