3D printing center enhances visual arts at Altoona

3D printing center enhances visual arts at Altoona

3D printing-centered learning spaces are becoming an increasingly popular way for students across Penn State’s campuses to explore innovative technology, while also gaining skills for their future careers. The Penn State Altoona’s Center for Additive Manufacturing and Printing (CAMP) is no exception, and visual arts students have been using it frequently to elevate their artwork.

“It gives us more mediums to use; it’s not only paper crafts and painting,” said senior and visual arts major Emily Wagner. “We use different machines. We can take our ideas and print them.”

Although the campus founded The CAMP in 2015, a couple of classes have been working with 3D printing since 2002. Through the center, 3D printing has become accessible to the entire campus community.

The CAMP is located in the Doing Better Business 3D Printer Lab in the campus’s Robert E. Eiche Library. Funded and supported by Doing Better Business and the campus’s engineering and visual arts studies programs, The CAMP provides a variety of 3D printers that allow the campus community to explore and understand how this innovative technology will change the future.

Using the space, visual arts students create various types of artwork, including jewelry, sculptures, and vinyl decals, some of which they display at the annual campus student art exhibition.

“Often it’s the case that there’s no physical way of manually sculpting the objects we conceptualize,” said Rebecca Strzelec, professor of visual arts. “For example, 3D printing allows one to build objects within each other. Something like a chain link or objects that move, to build those with traditional tools would take some big feats of engineering.”

The CAMP has significantly enhanced student learning and engagement. Strzelec has found students regularly work in the center outside of class time.

“When students choose to work in The CAMP when they’re not in class it means they’re truly engaged. It’s meeting them intellectually and creatively in a way they weren’t getting elsewhere,” said Strzelec.

students design 3D models on computers

Visual arts seniors Emily Wagner (left) and Josh Weyandt develop their 3D designs through computer software.

Artists today need to be multifaceted problem solvers, which means having experience with many diverse tools and modes of making.

Some visual arts students, like senior Josh Weyandt, plan to pursue careers which will leverage their knowledge of 3D modeling. One such field is video game creation, where Weyandt aspires to work in character design.

“Video game creators will make a character in a computer-aided design program,” explained Weyandt. “Before they send it out for the expensive molding process, they will 3D print a character in their office and ask themselves if it is what they want exactly.”

Strzelec said, “These students use the tools they have learned here and parlay them into working at libraries, art centers, camps, and running businesses. They’re able to piece together what they learn from this degree and make a living by creating—or assisting people in creating—visual art.”

Canvas Day offers faculty, staff opportunities to enhance teaching

Canvas Day offers faculty, staff opportunities to enhance teaching

Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology invites Penn State faculty and staff to Canvas Day on Friday, March 15, 2019. Canvas Day will be held at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. Registration is free to attendees. Registration is required and Canvas Day is open to Penn State faculty and staff only.

Canvas Day provides a full day of professional development opportunities that include networking and learning about Canvas best practices with colleagues.

Faculty and staff can submit proposals for session presentations through Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Topics related to valuable and innovative uses of Canvas to support teaching and learning are encouraged.

For additional information about the call for presentation proposals or general questions related to Canvas Day, please contact canvasday@psu.edu.

Submit lab and classroom software requests for spring by Nov. 12

Submit lab and classroom software requests for spring by Nov. 12

For instructors teaching a spring 2019 class in a Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) lab and/or technology classroom, please submit software requests by Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Instructors need to submit software requests through TLT Learning Applications and Technologies (LAT) course software request form. Software from previous semesters may be removed from computers if it is not currently requested by an instructor for the spring semester. Before submitting a software request, please review LAT’s Software Installation Policy.

For all lab and classroom computers, Windows computers will remain on Windows 10, and Mac computers will stay on High Sierra (10.13.6). Please ensure each software request is compatible with these operating systems.

TLT currently manages 646 labs across Penn State’s campuses. It also equips and supports general-purpose technology classrooms that are available for scheduling through the Registrar’s office.

For more information, please contact tlt-lat@psu.edu.

Canvas Day 2019 call for proposals is open

Canvas Day 2019 call for proposals is open

For the fourth year, Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology is hosting Canvas Day on Friday, March 15. The call for proposals is now open through Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

The 2019 Canvas Day Planning Committee invites Penn State faculty and staff to submit proposals for session presentations. Topics related to valuable and innovative uses of Canvas to support teaching and learning are encouraged.

For more information about the call for proposals or general questions related to Canvas Day, please contact canvasday@psu.edu.

Join your colleagues for the 2019 Symposium

Join your colleagues for the 2019 Symposium

Join the leading minds in teaching and learning from across Penn State for the Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology on Saturday, March 16, 2019Registration and the call for proposals are now openAs always, there is no charge for attendance.  Pre-registration is required. The Symposium registration is first come, first served and is open only to Penn State faculty, students, and staff.
 
We welcome all proposals covering a broad range of topics demonstrating the valuable and innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning. The deadline for submission is Nov. 16, 2018. 
 
Session proposals are also being accepted for the World Campus track, offering the latest in Penn State’s innovation in online teaching and learning as well as for a University Libraries track, exploring collaboration, information literacy, and the research process.