Maker Culture Growing in SU
By Adebola A. Daramola, 3D Innovation Consultant
“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.” This quote aptly describes how Professor Gene Hahn’s Digitally Enabled Product Development class has grown to entrench the maker culture in Salisbury University.
What began as a personal hobby for Professor Hahn, spurred him to develop a course to encourage students to develop their own products using 3D technology, an emerging technology with expansive use across all disciplines.
3D technology, also known as additive manufacturing technology, finds application in diverse fields. The following example shows potential use of 3D printing within our campus environment:
- Chemistry students can print molecules for group study;
- Early childhood education student can print Disney characters for their play and creativity class;
- Fine arts student can try using 3D graphene as a medium; and
- Exercise science students can develop body tissue using 3D design
The last Salisbury University Student Research Conference had three groups of Professor Hahn’s class present different 3D printing projects. The interest in his class has grown, with more students exploring the technology. The immediate benefits we have seen in students is that they are showing their creative and entrepreneurial ability. They are conceptualizing, designing and executing design of their interest. In no time, we can expect them going further in marketing these 3D products.
To grow this culture beyond Professor Hahn’s class and the 3D innovation Lab of the Perdue school, we have an addition in a Maker Lab within the Guerrierri Academic Commons. We encourage a visit to either 3D printing lab.
You can make a gift to express yourself or offer a 3D gift to someone. The innovation consultants are on ground to help with your design and printing.
Interest in 3D printing can be directed to Professor Gene Hahn, Perdue Hall 335, 410-548-3315 or EDHAHN@salisbury.edu.