As an educator and researcher, I have been involved in making parts and products ranging from accessory for my classroom to biomedical implants. Having been a hands-on fabricator of prototype engines and models; making prototypes and showing the power of STEM to inspire future makers has been a very rewarding experience.
A scaled down working model of hot-air engine about the size of 3 in x 2 in
3D Printers and CNC tools as it combines the strengths of varying methods of making and materials.
Surface finish of 3D printing and have overcome it using chemical treatment to attain gloss/matte finish.
Inspiring-Rewarding-Reflection of manufacturing spirit.
We have been lucky to participate in opening access to maker movement to students and members of campus communities of non-STEM programs to make parts and products ranging from theatre accessories, scanned 3D busts and unleash a new opportunity in “Launch Lab”; a multi-disciplinary ideation-fabrication space for all campus members.
Making can inspire a lot more young students into STEM fields and inspire them to find low-cost solutions to everyday prevalent problems.
Access to software that will enhance ‘Making’ cultures, but not limited to integration of coding culture (making software programs!!) and other fields
Solutions to big problems often are inspired from the simplest of solutions. Empowering students to pursue making and encouraging lateral thinking will be a critical skill for our students.
Identify a problem requiring a solution. Identify local resources and students with ‘make’ spirit and there is nothing more of a proof than your first ‘Make’!!