Love and 3-D Printing
As a mechanical engineering student at the University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School of Engineering, Keren Callen got hands-on experience with equipment he will use in his professional career. He also designed and 3-D printed an engagement ring for his girlfriend with help from our Rapid Prototyping Center (she said yes!).
"I think the knowledge that I have gained through Speed School is extremely valuable," he said.
As part of his senior design capstone, Callen and his team used the FirstBuild makerspace to 3-D print prototypes of their group project; a machine that produces clear ice for consumer use.
"My team got to work with some very talented engineers from GE as well as the entire technical capability of FirstBuild," he said. "While working in FirstBuild our team made a handful of 3-D printed prototypes for our project. That is where I received firsthand experience with 3-D printing."
Callen realized 3-D printing could be used for lots of other things, too. He helped other Speed students design and print replacements for their lost computer clips. He designed a custom-fit bracket for a computer station. And of course, there's the engagement ring.