3D Printing Panel and Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:30pm to 5:00pm

1104 S Wabash, Chicago, IL, 2nd Floor (Raw Space) Room 203

New Media Caucus / CAA Chicago 2014
Roundtable chairs: Tom Burtonwood and Rachel Clarke

A massive expansion of 3D printing in the prosumer market has made it possible for artists and designers to use 3D print technologies in their practice. This began with expensive commercial print services where files could be sent out for production — services that expanded due to the availability of a growing variety of printing materials. With the advent of open source 3D printers, such as the RepRap project, the cost of this technology has come down significantly, opening up this sector to makers, hackers, hobbyists and educators. This in turn ignited the explosion of consumer facing brands and systems such as Makerbot, Printrbot and Ultimaker. As the price of printers decreases, many art / technology / new media departments in colleges and Universities have acquired a 3D printer or are planning to purchase one.

This roundtable is an opportunity to explore and discuss the emerging field of 3D printing in the art and technology / studio art context, with particular focus on pedagogy. The concurrent 3D print show, Art2Make at Columbia College’s Center for Book and Paper provides a context for what is possible and how 3D printing is being adopted as a medium.

The 3D printing roundtable welcomes artists and designers who are conversant with 3D CG and 3D printing, educators who are using 3D printing, artists and educators who are beginning to explore the possibilities of these technologies, AND those who are simply curious about this emerging technology.


Event Type

Lecture, Discussion


School of Media Arts



Contact Name

Jessica Cochran, jcochran@colum.edu

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