Xplore Engineering is a summer camp designed for alumni and their children entering the 4th – 7th grade. Through a series of workshops, participants get hands-on experience in a variety of engineering disciplines. For the third year in a row the 3D Lab participated in Xplore Engineering by offering a workshop in 3D Modeling & 3D Printing.
In past years, students learned how to design and print the Michigan “M” and created customized 3D printed jewelry on the Cube 3D printers. This year, students got to take full control of the design process.
Using an online app designed by John Pariseau (a Web Developer at the University of Michigan) called “Pxstl” (Pixel STL – STL being a 3D printing file format), students were able to design their own pixel art suitable for 3D printing. From designing their 3D print to operating the printers, Xplore Engineering offered a fully hands-on approach for students to learn about the 3D printing process.
If you are interested in participating in Xplore Engineering next year or would just like to learn more information, visit their website at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/mconnex/info/alumni/xplore-engineering
Photo credit: Evan Dougherty, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing www.engin.umich.edu