Print your own robot and other awesome adventures in 3D printing

Who hasn’t heard about 3D printing? It’s the hot topic in technology. From scientists to school students, this fascinating technology captures the imagination of all who hear about it, and everyone wants to learn more. A new science outreach program developed in Wollongong now provides hands on adventures using 3D printing technology.

The Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium has partnered with the University of Wollongong’s University of Wollongong’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) to create a show about 3D printing technology and its applications.

Designed for high school students, the 40-minute show is suitable for science, design and technology students in years 7 to 12 in the Illawarra area and beyond. Two undergraduate University of Wollongong science students developed the show over the summer break.

Second year student Lauren Bezzina, who has been presenting science shows at the Wollongong Science Centre for one year, said that developing a new show with leading 3D printing experts from ACES was a fascinating experience.

“It’s fantastic that people who use this technology for their work have helped us develop this cutting-edge educational program,” said Lauren.

Using 3D printing technology provided by the Australian National Fabrication Facility at ACES, the show explores the process of 3D printing technology, going into detail about the 3D printing process and the various materials and printers available for use. It also showcases many of this exciting new technology’s applications, from medicine and engineering to fashion and food.

The program’s co-developer, science student Samiyeul Habib, said that a key focus of the show is to introduce students to recent advances in 3D printing technology.

“Simulated human hearts, moving parts and artwork are covered and will leave you hungry for more. While 3D printed food will not be on the menu, I’m sure what we have planned will leave you satisfied,” said Samiyeul.

The show will be presented in the Wollongong Science Centre and can also travel to schools on request.

For further information and to make a booking please contact Kim Noble at the Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium.

Natalie Foxon is Communication Manager at the University of Wollongong’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science