The James Madison University 3SPACE classroom is the first general-education college 3D printing classroom in the country, established in 2013 with ten computers and ten Afinia H480 3D printers. We have since expanded and upgraded our equipment to include five Ultimaker 2+ and five Ultimaker 3 printers. With our recent move to Carrier Library and greater support from JMU Libraries and Educational Technology, we are ready for fall semester and can’t wait to see what our students will design this year!
What do we do?
JMU 3SPACE serves students and faculty from all departments and colleges at the university, offering 3D printing access and training to people of all experience levels. Our goal is to help JMU faculty and staff incorporate desktop digital fabrication into their scholarship and pedagogy. We also offer hands-on workshops that allow groups from inside and outside of JMU to experience new technologies.
For examples of our recent activities, check out our Blog page, or our list of Classes. To learn how we got started, read our article at the Ultimaker Pioneers site: JMU 3SPACE: Building a 3D printing classroom.
What makes the JMU 3-SPACE Classroom new and different from other services on campus is that it is a classroom environment where students from all majors can take courses that involve hands-on 3D printing projects. In the few years since the 3-SPACE Classroom was created, many JMU faculty and departments developed new 3D-printing projects as supplemental lab experiences for their classes, have expanded our outreach from science classes to art classes, and we have helped JMU students become educated and enlightened!
Who has access?
Students enrolled in 3SPACE Classes or in the JMU 3D Printing Club have swipe-card access to the space and equipment during all open hours, as indicated on the 3SPACE Calendar. Faculty and staff can get 3SPACE access by attending Workshop Classes in 3D printing and design through JMU Innovation Services. If you’re interested in pursuing a 3D printing project, contact us at the link below or talk to any of the 3SPACE Directors. You can find us on the JMU campus in Carrier Library, room 101.
Our courses and programs are offered in collaboration with JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies, College of Mathematics and Statistics, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the JMU General Education Program.
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