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May 15, 2015

ATD students finalists in 3-D printing challenge

As part of professor Theresa Winge’s apparel and textile specialized design course, students participated in the 2015 Extreme Redesign 3-D Printing Challenge. ATD students Ashley Christensen and Lauren Aquilina took third place in the competition and MacLain Credeur and Autumn Hauer were finalists in the top 10.

The 2015 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge was a worldwide contest that gave students the opportunity to redesign an existing product or to create a new product that improves how a task is accomplished. More than 750 entries were evaluated on creativity, being mechanically sound and being realistically achievable.

Christensen and Aquilina created a design called “Prismatic” by combining the elements of 3-D printing and avant garde fashion design. The piece was created to reflect light onto the model.

“This competition was a true collaboration across the College of Arts and Letters and it reached into resources of MSU and even the community,” Winge said.

Assistant Dean of Educational Technology Scott Schopieray found the competition and shared it with Winge’s class. Russ Werner, information technology specialist for CAL, secured 3-D modeling software for the class. And IT specialist Brian Adams assisted with 3-D printer issues. The class discovered 3-D printing opportunities at the East Lansing Public Library, MSU Library and Creative Exploratory, a cross-disciplinary hub within CAL.

An exhibit at the Broad Art Museum, “Fashion3,” displayed the 3-D printing and fashion design of Winge’s specialized design course students.

“Fashion3” recognized the implications of 3-D printing for future dimensions of design, art and manufacturing. Student designers shared 3-D digital modeling and printing to create highly complex fashion designs.

By: Katie Stiefel

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