So, one of the things I bought with my start-up funding was a MakerBot Replicator 2.0. I've been interested in 3D printing for a while now, really ever since I saw the results come out of a printer at my husband's CS department at Duke University back in the early 2000s. This seems to be the year of the desktop 3D printer, though, with a huge variety of offerings from different companies at very reasonable prices. I decided to go with MakerBot, since they were well-reputed and printing was supposed to be pretty easy.
|My MakerBot setup|
|Printing linked chains|
I've got a grad student working on learning the 3D scanner and helping me trouble-shoot the printer. But I thought I'd blog about this, first, to start talking about what I'm trying to do with the hopes that others may have helpful hints, and second, to start encouraging prospective master's students to apply to UWF to work with me. As I just started, I don't have any of my own grad students, so if you're interested in things like 3D printing, new ways of presenting anthropological information, or dead Romans, drop me an email!