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3D printing equipment at the FIU Art + Art History Department‘s Digital Media Laboratory have been another step for FIU towards the way of being a modern, new institution. FIU Art + Art History has pushed the limits of this new, creative realm in the Artist Studio assembling that is a short walk of the FIU Stadium on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
“Desktop 3D printing is changing the way we ponder, work and turn it into things,” said Makerbot CEO Jonathan Jaglom at the opening of the Makerbot-filled CARTA Innovation Lab at The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios. “FIU is bringing the lead in unlocking the creative future of this transformative innovation to art students.”
FIU Art + Art History’s to-scale, 3D printed replica of the ancient Venus of Willendorf. The original is approaching 25,000 years old and is houtilized additional than 5,000 miles away in Vienna.
Adjunct Lecturer of Art History M. Stephanie Chancy worked with department chair Jacek Kolasinski to 3D print a replica of a famous artifact at the Digital Media Lab. Chancy approached Ricardo Lugo, the Digital Media lab supervisor, who accomplished the task of printing the Venus of Willendorf, a four-and-a-half-inch statuette that was carved of 25,000 years ago and is houtilized in the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna. Lugo utilized a 3D printing file of the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Origins Program.
“3D prints allow the art historian to bring the pieces into the classroom, allowing students to observe more details like dimensions and decorative elements that they can not notice in an image regenerated in a book or projected on-screen,” says Chancy. “Understanding an artwork’s context and function is enhanced when you can appear at it of each angle and see eachthing.”

Adjunct Lecturer of Art History M. Stephanie Chancy with the 3D printed replica of the ancient Venus of Willendorf.
Chancy now possesses an precise replica of the Venus of Willendorf. Chancy and interested students can now view this 3D printed replica of the original. Otherwise, FIU ability and students may have to travel over 5,000 miles to closely study the original in Vienna. With the assist of 3D printing, FIU students can examine each curve and more detail of the Venus of Willendorf.
Art history student Ana Briz is proud that FIU Art + Art History’s own Digital Media Lab has generated learning tools such as the “Venus.” She sees this as a step forward for The College of Architecture + Arts, as well as for FIU as a whole.
“It opens up the opportunity to do additional research on artifacts that are not readily available,” Briz says. “I ponder the differences between whether a work is a facsimile, a 3D printed replica, or an ‘authentic’ original in addition turn it intos an significant dialogue that can be analyzed.”
In addition to being an FIU student, Briz is an assistant in events management at the Miami Beach Urban Studios. She sees the 30 Makerbot 3D printing equipment working approximately constantly in the CARTA Innovation Lab, that has created FIU the initially university in the United States to house a MakerBot Innovation Center in a college focutilized on create and the arts.
“I ponder the involvement FIU has had with 3D printing inside the last year is a particularly significant step forward in growing the curriculum and what is offered to students,” Briz says. “It pretty fits in line with being Worlds Ahead, for it encourages the engagement of this developing medium in new and inspiring ways.”
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