Graduate student Jin Woo Lee and Professor Allen Liu have been working with the 3D lab’s 3D printing technology to enhance mechanical engineering student’ learning experience. Lee has been developing instructional models for the class Professor Liu is teaching next semester, Solid Mechanics (ME211). Lee explained that in class, students struggle with the fact that information is presented in a 2D, static form when the concepts are 3 dimensional such as the deformation and twisting of material. They wanted to generate models that are dynamic and flexible so that students could visualize how forces act on the objects. Therefore, they took advantage of the 3D lab’s newest type of 3D printer – the Printrbot. The Printrbot is unique in that it is capable of extruding many different kinds of filaments. For example, Printrbot makes a Ninjaflex filament that makes objects flexible. Lee used the new Ninjaflex material so that students can actually see deformation happening in their models. Lee plans to keep experimenting with the Printrbot to reach his goal of having multiple, flexible models for each student to work with. Welcome to the future of learning and teaching!