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  3D Thinking and Printing Workshop at Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center   

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3D Thinking and Printing Workshop at Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center

  • Location: ISM Research & Collections Center, Springfield
  • Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

On Thursday July 18, the Illinois Museum will host informal workshops on 3D printing and scanning for teachers, students, and other interested parties in the Museum’s Research and Collections Center in Springfield.  Workshops will be held at 10:00 a.m. with a repeat presentation at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Joseph Deken of the educational nonprofit New Blankets, Inc. will demonstrate the Makerbot “Replicator 2“ and Deezmaker “Bukobot“ 3D printers.  New Blankets promotes a free library culture of sharing and learning through books and also through multimedia, music, video programming, and 21st century desktop 3D fabrication.

Illinois State Museum (ISM) paleontologist Dr. Chris Widga will highlight ways the ISM is using 3D scanning and printing in research. The original fossil and a 3D printed model of a 29,000 year old extinct scimitar cat skull from Tyson Spring Cave in Fillmore County, Minnesota will be on display.  The skull of this saber-toothed cat was excavated in 2007 and will ultimately be exhibited at the Science Museum of Minnesota. ISM geologists obtained a CT-scan of the skull from a local hospital and printed out a resin copy for the ISM’s collections on a 3D printer. Foot bones from American Mastodont and African elephant and other materials related to ISM research will also be on display.  Students from the Environmental Studies Program at University of Illinois Springfield will demonstrate a NextEngine 3D scanner and will be scanning a specimen from the Museum’s fossil collections.

The workshop is free and open to teachers, students (high school age and up), and other interested parties. RSVP is not required but you may contact Beckie Dyer with questions at 217-782-7475 or bdyer@museum.state.il.us. The workshop will take place in the Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 East Ash Street (corner of 10 ½ and Ash Streets) in Springfield, and parking is available at the facility.

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