The 3SPACE is JMU’s state of the art 3D printing classroom facility located in Burruss 349. While most colleges with similar facilities only offer access to those who are in math or science based majors, JMU allows anyone who is interested to hold class in the space.
One of these classes is ART 395E: 3D Printing for the Arts, an experimental course led by Daniel Robinson. This course involves learning how to use 3D printers to create artworks that would be difficult or impossible to make using traditional materials such as clay, plaster, wood or metal.
The 3SPACE is a fully equipped 3d printing classroom
The 3SPACE mainly uses Afinia brand printers.
With 3D printing you can print a huge variety of different objects-
-including interlocking chain mail and phone cases!
The 3D printing club is selling copies of some of these objects in the JMU bookstore
Some models print incorrectly and end up in the fail pail for future recycling
Debbie Trader examines her printed model to compare it to the computer model.
This model is by Mara Berkland
Mara’s model is being printed.
All models are weighed in order to track how much plastic is being used.
The 3SPACE offers access to 10 Mac desktops, 10 AFINIA printers, a MakerBot Replicator 2, a MakerBot Digitizer 3d scanner, and a CubeX Trio.
The 3SPACE also features a MakerBot Replicator 2
Sean Rhodes waits patiently for his model to begin printing
The AFINIA printers are able to print models up to about 5 inches tall and 5 inches wide.
This model by Isabel Yun was created in a program called TInkerCAD
Isabel’s model is printing with support material so it doesn’t fall over while the printer moves around.
Here Isabel is removing the excess plastic from her model using small pliers
The tools used for cleaning up your model include small pliers, a curved xacto blade, tweezers, and most importantly : SAFETY GLASSES!
This model of Wilson Hall was 3D printed!
The 3SPACE is also accessible to members of JMU’s 3D printing club. For more information on the 3D printing club click here to go to their BeInvolved page.