Category Archives: Faculty blog

Hiroshima University students at JMU 3-SPACE

This week a group of over twenty students from Hiroshima University in Japan visited the JMU 3-SPACE classroom as part of their two-week stay here in the JMU/Hiroshima University START program.  We kicked off their visit with a print of some JMU cubes:


After that, the students learned how to use OpenSCAD and Tinkercad to make simple 3D models, and constructed their own models to print. In a very short time they succeeded in making and printing heart rings, Hiroshima University logos and keychains, letters, Darth Vader heads, robots, and a JMU heart design!


The Hiroshima University students asked many questions and did a great job learning how to 3D model objects very quickly. It was great to share time with such involved and interested students, and we were honored to have been able to host this great group from Japan. Thank you for visiting, and thank you also to Dr. William Hawk from JMU for arranging this visit as part of the START program.


UPDATE: We also designed a 3D-printed logo nameplate for Hiroshima University; see Day 183 of the MakerHome design blog.

Spring 2014 Events in 3-SPACE

The JMU 3-SPACE classroom is very busy this semester!

Recurring events:
Mondays 2:30-4:30 (GSCI 104)
Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 on even weeks (CIT Sandbox)
Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 (MATH 297)
Fridays 10:00-12:00 on occasional weeks (IVS Class)

Other events:
Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9:00-12:00 (College for Kids)
Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 12:30-2:30 (Japanese group)
Tuesday, March 11 from 12:30-2:00 (Raw Learning group)
Wednesday, April 16 from 12:00-2:30 (Middle school group)

GSCI 104 – 3D Printing: A new semester, a new start

Welcome back, JMU students.  We are excited to see what you MAKE this year!

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JMU 3-SPACE call for teachers

With one semester of 3D printing classes underway, JMU 3-SPACE is ready for more faculty to teach courses or labs in the 3D-printing classroom.  We can offer space for your students to explore 3D modeling and 3D printing in a hands-on collaborative environment.


In Spring 2013 we will host another general education course, offer a new math research course, and provide space for College for Kids and a DIY photography course through the Institute for Visual Studies.

For more information about upcoming courses and opportunities to be trained to use the space, see this JMU article on the 3-SPACE classroom:

VA FLL State Championship teams visit 3-SPACE

Two groups from the Virginia First LEGO League State Championship visited the 3-SPACE classroom today to learn about 3D printing between their competition rounds.

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The students in the FLL State Championship teams are ages 9-14 and are the winners of regional FLL tournaments from all over the state. They come dressed in team t-shirts and hats and are full of team spirit (and “coopertition“)!

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While at 3-SPACE the FLL students printed 3D models and learned how to start making their own models with Tinkercad and Minecraft.

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Good luck to all of you in this weekend’s competition, and best of luck also to the winners that will progress to the national FIRST Championship!

Join us for a 3D Printing CIT Sandbox this spring!

JMU faculty: Have you ever thought about incorporating 3D printing into your course? Join us for the Spring 2014 3D printing sandbox to learn how to use the 3D printing technology available in the JMU 3-SPACE university classroom and various methods for generating 3D computer models for 3D printing. Participants will learn how to print 3D models as well as discuss ways to incorporate 3D printing into their courses. This will be an exploratory project in which selected faculty and CIT will work and learn together, generate ideas, and reflect on discoveries. No previous experience with 3D printing and/or 3D modeling software is required.


Dates: The Sandbox Project is scheduled for SIX TUESDAYS– 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, and 4/1 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in Burruss Room 349. Participants will be expected to attend every session for the complete time period.

Stipend: Selected participants will receive a $450.00 stipend for hardware, software and/or resources.

Applications are DUE by 5:00pm on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11th. Apply online at .

3-SPACE at the University of North Carolina Greensboro

This week the JMU 3-SPACE classroom and the JMU MakerLab were featured in the Helen Barton Lecture Series in Computational Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNC Greensboro.


In the talk “Making mathematics real: Knot theory, experimental mathematics, and 3D printing” we discussed the uses of 3D printing for mathematical research, college mathematics, general education, and K-12 education. During the talk we printed a nice tritangentless trefoil knot on a 3D printer that we brought along for the trip. Thank you in particular to Jan Rychtár for hosting this visit!


Mercer Middle School at 3-SPACE, round 2!

This week a second group from Mercer Middle School came to visit JMU 3-SPACE.  Great questions and a lively group once again!

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P.S. For those of you who had 3D-printing Minecraft questions, here are some links to help you out:

3-SPACE at JMU Academic Open House

When JMU rolls out the bling for prospective students, you know that the 3D printers have to come out! This weekend we brought one of the Afinias and a lot of 3D-printed models to the JMU Academic Open House for the College of Science and Mathematics.


For lots of visitors, this was their first time seeing a 3D printer in action. Prospective students and their parents had a million questions and it was fun to talk to such curious people. I hope you all decide to come to JMU!

Mercer Middle School visit to JMU 3-SPACE

Today the JMU 3-SPACE classroom was visited by a group of 6th-graders from Mercer Middle School in Loudon County, Virginia.


We had a great time showing the students how the printers work, what 3D printing can be used for, and how they can make their own models using Tinkercad or Minecraft.  Kids, you asked excellent questions and it was great to meet all of you! Have a safe trip back and be sure to make some 3D models and do your math homework when you get home.  :)