Free and Open to the Public Presented by: Kenneth Sloan, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Computer & Information Sciences Monday, October 14, 2013 Free Light Lunch, Drinks and Cookies Lunch at 11:30 A.M., Seminar at Noon University of Alabama at Birmingham Campbell Hall; Room 275 1300 University Boulevard Birmingham, AL Sponsored by:
Kenneth Sloan, Ph.D., a specialist in computer graphics and director of UAB’s 3D Print Lab, talks about the technology that recent articles predict might be used to create everything from replacement heart valves to moon bases. Sloan helped us separate the possible from the hype. The podcast is available at UAB’s research blog themixuab.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/TheMixUAB, …
UAB computer scientist Kenneth Sloan, Ph.D. and his students have made life-size models of Tetris pieces, intricate puzzles, and elaborate contraptions that could be produced in no other way. The 3D printers, ranging from entry level to commercial grade and Instead of ink, their “print heads” extrude a thin stream of superheated plastic in layers …
Looking for a 12th century chess piece? A custom Rubik’s cube? An exact copy of a seashell, the inside of an eyeball, a relief map of an Egyptian burial ground, or an obscure protein? UAB computer scientist Kenneth Sloan, Ph.D., has them all in stock. If you’re searching for something else—anything else—he can get it. …
These parts were generated by a student in the Intro to Graphics class. There’s one part missing from this pile – can you tell which part has escaped? [never fear - it was printed separately, the clock will work…as soon as he figures out how to put all the pieces together]
Proteins – This is a rendition of the “1XFA” entry in the Protein Data Bank, rendered in the “Beads” style. See your local Bio-Chemist for an explanation.
If the shoe fits… Ground truth was a foam block with the impression of a shoe tread. We scanned the foam block and designed a plastic brick with the impression on one side…and a positive print of the shoe that made the impression on the flip side.
This is an 8″ (diameter) version of the lamina cribrosa – fresh from the printer. The dark material is for support during printing. After a few hours in a lye bath, all that will be left is the white (ivory?) model material.
The Lewis Chessmen date to the 12th century. Made in Norway, discovered in Scotland, they are exhibited in the British Museum in London. The one on your left is a replica that was purchased at the British Museum. The one on your right is a copy made on one of our 3D printers, based on …
The greatest place on Earth, rendered in plastic. Height data is slightly exaggerated.
A thick Torus Knot. This one is 8″ in diameter.
You say your new teensy-weensy laptop doesn’t have a Kensington lock slot. Never fear : attach this to your toy and your Kensington cable will fit right in.
The obligatory sphere within a sphere within a sphere within a sphere within a sphere.
This 2-piece assembly (base and lid) is a space age cup holder designed by David Cooper in the Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering (CBSE). It doesn’t have nearly as many holes as the lamina cribrosa – but they are arranged in a perfect rectangular array.
Lamina cribrosa is a mesh of material surrounding the nerve fibers making up the optic nerve. Study of this structure is important for understanding glaucoma. Data on this model began as a 4k x 4k x 2k volume. The plastic model is approximately 6″ in diameter.