I’m Adith Jagadish. I’m a senior in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Innovative technologies always grab my interest and I try to stay as close to them as I can and 3D printing is one of these technologies. The ability to transform ideas into something that you can touch and feel so quickly is fascinating. Hence, I volunteered to be a lab monitor. My primary interest is in the field of robotics and I hope one day I will be able to build robots that will benefit humanity.
Howdy! I am Sam. I starting 3D modeling things in my freshmen year of high school. I started with Inventor, and after that I started taking more classes about modeling and computer aided design. During my Junior and Senior years of high school I learned AutoCAD and Solidworks respectively. After I graduated I entered into the Computer Graphics Technology major here at Purdue with specializations in Virtual Product Integration and Construction Graphics. I’m a sophomore at the moment and have now expanded my CAD knowledge to include Catia and NX. I decided to become a monitor at the Boilermaker Labs because I loved 3D printing things in high school and I wanted to get more experience with printing so I could make models that could be manufactured easier. I also wanted to help people print things they’ve made. I mainly print nerdy replicas I’ve made from nerd shows like Doctor Who, Firefly, Star Trek/Wars, Men in Black but I also make things from video games. I’ve gone from non-functional models to simple mechanisms to including more complex things like circuits into the design after it is made. Basically, if I think its cool I’ll replicate it.
Andrew is a sophomore in Actuarial Science. He has been volunteering in the lab since the Spring semester of 2016. Unlike many of the monitors, he is not interested in working in the lab to print things of his own, but in seeing all of the different things that other people print and hearing about what the prints will be used for. His favorite thing he has seen printed is a scale model of the International Space Station.
Steven Dauterman is a junior in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering studying mass transportation and urban planning. He enjoys traveling around world (now having been to over 30 countries), hiking, being a photographer, and listening to music. Having great interest in modeling and 3D printing, Steven became a volunteer at the BoilerMAKER lab in the Fall of 2014. From his time in the lab, he has seen a multitude of projects and ideas come to life. His two personal favorites are a life-sized longboard printed last fall and a 1:60th model of the International Space Station being made this semester.
Michael is majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He volunteered because he was a member of AMET and they asked people in the club if they wanted to work in the lab. He signed up and found the job to be very fun. He’s been volunteering for the Lab for two years. A lot of companies, especially the R&D companies, are looking for people with the know how about 3D printing and most companies Michael’s been interviewed for have asked in great detail about his involvement in the labs. His involvement has also help out a lot with school projects. It is also really nice to just be able to model whatever he needs for his classes in Inventor and have it printed out quickly.
Andrew became a lab monitor in order to gain more hands on experience with machines in hopes of finding a job within the 3D printing industry. He plans to graduate in May 2016 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. The coolest print he has seen printed was a replicated jaw printed on a Stratasys Objet30 OrthoDesk.
James is a freshman in Electrical Computer Engineering Technology. He started volunteering in the Boiler Maker Lab to learn more about how 3D printers work and how to use them. This experience has, so far, been beneficial to him because he has been able to make and create prints that are useful for classes, creative just for display, and helpful for general purposes.
Stephen is a senior with a dual degree in MET and ECET. He was hired on to be a 3D lab technician in May 2014. He loves working with his hands and has a passion for a wide range of technology. He has built a majority of the furniture and wall art for the BoilerMaker Lab during the major redesign. He has a large interest in prototype development whether it be made from 3D printers, laser cutters, or wood CNCs. The technology that this lab provides has helped him developed a wide range of skills to prepare him for a career in design and manufacturing.
Zach is a senior with a dual degree in MET and MFET. He was hired on to be a 3D lab technician August 2015 because of his interest in 3D printing and he was apart of building the wall art for the BoilerMaker Lab. He wanted to advance his knowledge of 3D printing which he feels is the future of manufacturing. The ability to fix the printer when any issue arises seemed like a fun opportunity and a chance to grow his knowledge. Learning different brands of 3D printers and how they work is helping prepare him for his future career in manufacturing.
Anna is a junior majoring in Psychology. She began working in the lab in January 2015 after assisting on a research project about 3D printing animal bones. She is interested in the human aspect of 3D printing such as how humans interact and view the technology. The most interesting thing she has seen printed in the lab was a dragon which was printed on the Formlabs printer in the lab.