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IdeaEcos Message Board › Cube Odyssey Comes to MCAD in Minneapolis April 27th !

Cube Odyssey Comes to MCAD in Minneapolis April 27th !

Steph T.
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Minneapolis, MN
Hi All:

Our own Metropolitan College of Art & Design (MCAD) will host the "Cube Odyssey". Yup, a 3D printer!  The announcement is listed below.

Thanks,  Steph T


The Fine Arts 3D Area is pleased to announce that we are hosting a stop on the national tour of the "Cube Odyssey" on Friday April 27th from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. (<­>)  They will be parked in front of the main building.  Yes, “parked”!

The "Cube Odyssey" consists of a totally self-contained multiple machine 3D Print lab installed in a Nissan "Cube" making stops at selected locations in about 25 cities nationwide (<­>).  Stops will include places like the "Cool Product Expo" at Stanford and national landmarks (they are intending to print atop Mt. Rushmore before they arrive here), and MCAD!

To make a long story pretty short the "Cube" (<>­) is a new small 3D Printer (yes, it makes plastic objects) designed to be hyper-accessible.  It's low cost and simple operation (designed for kids to adults) positions it to be the first really democratic "personal printer".

If you can model a 3D object this machine will make it for you (and did you know we have two bigger versions of these at MCAD already?).

Why they are interested in MCAD: They are interested in creative locations and communities.  And especially MCAD because our students have experience with digital fabrication.

Why we offered to host them: This is an incredible first view into the future of personal fabrication before the product is even on the market.  A sneak peek so to speak!  The Cube is being followed with excitement by many in the field and dreaming of digitally making things for themselves.

Want the Cube to print your own objects?

If you have a 3D model you would like printed or, better yet, want to create something new to be printed and to represent MCAD on the national tour, send me your files (STL format).  I will be compiling your submissions and sending them on to the Cubify Community team to select from for printing while at MCAD (and beyond).  And, of course, you will get a copy of your print!  (If you don’t know what all this means just ask me.)

(Yes, we do have a Fine Arts class in Digital Fabrication where you can learn all of this stuff and more we are offering next fall.)

Brad P. Jirka

Professor: Fine Arts
Sculpture & Digital Fab
3D Area Coordinator


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