The first time I ever saw something that was made by a 3D printer was in a gallery within USC Roski’s facilities, and it was a bunny. After hearing all of the hype about the newest gadget in town, I was surprised to see something like a small bunny on a pedestal. What I didn’t realize were the huge possibilities that these printers bring, not only to the art world but also to other fields of work and everyday life. Architects and art students can now make prototypes for projects and create new work with cutting edge technology. With a new importance on technology as well as the tangible object, the accessibility of a 3D printer at Roski has presented the perfect opportunity to explore that further. Fine Arts and design students constantly struggle with how to construct and visually represent ideas. This makes instruction on how to make 3D objects that more important. The 3D printer allows for new materials and technology to be explored when making new objects. Currently, 3D printers have been used to make shoes, small-scale models, and even guns. Students enrolled in 3D classes at Roski are allowed to use these printers. Having such an amazing opportunity like this one is hard to pass up. I cannot wait to see what more can be done as this new type of printer evolves.
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