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Information. Materiality. 3Dprinting.

The 3d Printed Film

Tuesday March 31st

  • Watch: Print the Legend. It’s only available on Netflix so if you don’t have a Netflix subscription you will need to find another student who does.
  • Keywords: Formlab, Stratasys, Bre Pettis, Steve Jobs (just in relation to this movie, why is Jobs important in this movie).

Check This Out

  • One particularly interesting thing you can do with a Printer that we haven’t talked about much is using a Printer to make printed parts to upgrade the printer. So check out this upgrade, this person upgraded their Printrbot (he has the wooden model of the ones you all are using), it is barely recognizable. This thread on Reddit explains what she/he did. You can see on Thingiverse how much people have designed parts to improve their Printrbots. If someone wants to try upgrading one of the printrbots with one of these designs let me know.


  • You can print anytime this week from 9-4, Monday-Thursday.
  • If you want to be sure to catch me in the building (ie you want some directed help doing something challenging/new) I will be around for sure from 10:00am to 4:00 on Monday and Tuesday.

Final Paper

  • Reminder that your annotated bibliography is due on April 7th. If you need it here is the guidelines on the final paper assignment. Keep in mind that you can find an article not directly related to 3dprinting, indeed you probably want to. So for example if you are doing printing and food, an article about how a previous technology (microwaves for example) changed food would be a good idea. This will help you have perspective on how technology interacts with your particular area of interest at a different moment.