In an effort to enhance students’ engineering experiences, Quinnipiac University will be offering a 3D Modeling and Printing for Innovators course this fall.
Led by Mary Phillips Ho, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, the course is designed for students to use the Innovation Hub and Maker Space to create models and prototypes with 3D modeling software. Students can use technology outside of class to work on projects.
“There’s an idea, a push to bring faculty across the university together with this idea of creating these connections across the university and really helping to encourage and incubate this innovation,” Phillips Ho said.
The course does not require any experience or prerequisites and is open to all majors. Phillips Ho said the class is structured so that students engage in a full hands-on experience learning the software and applying it to create a design.
“There’s something really cool and satisfying about being able to design and make something yourself,” Phillips Ho said. not something only engineers find satisfying.
The course will teach students how to use the software, but Phillips Ho said it goes beyond 3D modeling and printing.
“The idea is to have it broader, looking at how different industries and different disciplines, even outside of the traditional sectors you think of, how do they use this technology and how does this technology affect other aspects of society,” said Phillips Ho.
Although not involved in engineering, other students said they were delighted that the university was trying to connect different industries.
“The field of engineering is so diverse and can adapt to so many jobs, so it’s great to give students from different majors the opportunity to explore this kind of field,” said student Meni Thomas. in second year in health sciences. “It’s a way of preparing students for the professional world in all fields.
Thomas said she would consider taking the course given the technological advances in 3D printing and modeling today.
“This class is also a good break from the program to do something creative but also challenging,” Thomas said.
Although they have prior experience in the field, some students have said that the addition of this course on campus has spurred their interest in enrolling.
First-year software engineering student Kevin Rodriguez said he would take the course because of the importance of understanding 3D printing and how the design process is used to solve problems.
“Engineers hope to find solutions problems and 3D printing and modeling is a tool that can help make that possible,” Rodriguez said. “Plus, it’s something great to add to your resume.”
Rodriguez said that because the university offers the course in all majors, more students will have a better understanding of the design process as a whole.
“I think it’s important for everyone to know how engineers use tools like 3D printers to find a solution to the problem they’re trying to solve,” Rodriguez said.
William Nocar, a mechanical engineering graduate, said he would take the course because he has taken other courses involving 3D modeling.
“However, the course (mentioned above) is primarily about learning the software tools, not the actual 3D modeling creation process,” Nocar said.
Although other students who are more familiar with the material said they weren’t as keen on enrolling in the course.
Gina Greco, a mechanical engineering major, said she was a superuser in the makerspace. This means she oversees, trains and creates user manuals for equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutter, heat presses, embroidery machine and vacuum press.
“I think this course would be very beneficial for students outside of mechanical engineering to give them a feel for how prototyping works and especially for majors such as entrepreneurship so they can model their own ideas,” Greco said.
Casey McNichol, a sophomore in Film, Media and Television 3+1, said she would take the course because 3D printing is becoming a big factor in everyday life.
“I think Quinnipiac is progressing faster than expected,” McNichol said. “Not many schools are getting into 3D printing.”
Phillips Ho said that while some students are currently enrolled in the course, she hopes more people will learn about its offerings and take the course in the fall.
“I think we just have a lot of creative students on the Quinnipiac campus who have these creative ideas and it’s a way for them to develop those ideas and express their ideas,” Phillips Ho said. give them that as an additional outlet for them to do that.”
Any student interested in knowing more about registering for the course is invited to contact [email protected]