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Plastic To Metal, How Sculpture Class Is Collaborating With The MakerSpace.

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Michael Creger, a sculpture instructor at PCC Sylvania, has been collaborating with the MakerSpace for the last two years. Creger has helped in MakerSpace summer camps such as Build a Bot. Learn more about Build a Bot theater at the link below.


In Febuary Benny Hill, the MakerSpace lab tech, visited Creger’s figure sculpture class.  The students had their clay bust 3d scanned in the sculpture studio. The following class took place in the MakerSpace where sculpture students where taught safety and operational procedures of the 3D printers.  The Art students connected computer added manufacturing processes to hands on techniques.  For example The FDM printers process mimics those of a potter hand building a pot using the coiling technique. The students loaded, printed, and unloaded the 3″ models.

The next week Creger gave a day long sand casting workshop to Gregg Meyer’s Manufacturing Process class.  Meyer’s class integrated their knowledge of plastic injection molding to the sand casting process.  The team work amongst art students and engineers made for two successful pours, one aluminum, and one bronze. The MakerSpace wants to thank Michael Creger for sharing the joy of pouring liquid hot metal. We look forward to visiting Creger down at the new kiln facilities, where we know things will be getting HOT!



Hill 3D scanning clay bust.





PVC pipe (address numbers)



3D printed axe head designed on tinkercad.com



3D printed bust made from the 3D scan of a clay model.






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