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Australian University adds 3D printing to its curriculum

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Australia’s University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has revealed an amazing new addition to its archeology curriculum. With the assist of Ellipsis Media, the university’s Print Services business unit, archeology students at USQ can now work with 3D replica specimens like never preceding. The specimens are generated with the 3D Systems Projet 660Pro printing device, the Artec Eva, Structure Sensor and NextEngine Ultra HD laser scanners.

Ellipsis Media manager, Robert Keanalley, says this innovation is “perfect for capturing specimens imbedded in rock that traditional methods of plaster casting for replication may otherwise injure or destroy the original relic.” Instead, 3D scanning and printing innovation can non-invasively laser scan objects ranging in dimensions of five centimeters, up to the dimensions of a passenger car.

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The project can be part of a course set to be offered upcoming year, called ‘Archaeological Laboratory Methods: Analysis and Interpretation’, in that students can select components of archaeological records. With the unveiling of full color 3D printing services, both on and off campus students can have access to the same hands-on learning experience, that USQ archeology lecturer Bryce Baker says is “essential for the successful learning of this course.”

USQ can thank the ICT Technology Demonstrators Project for the implementation of these new services. With previously successful projects such as virtual animal dissection, teaching space evolution, educational applications of robotics, and different types of app and e-book innovations, the Technology Demonstrators continuously work to bring the just latest and many new technologies and learning methods to the classroom. USQ vice-chancellor and president, professor Jan Thomas was quoted saying, “We continuously seek to explore and drive new, evidence-based approaches to the facilitation and delivery of learning and teaching so that all our students obtain high end learning experiences and graduate as pioneering connected professionals.”

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