3D Printing: From Industry to Your Local Elementary School

Katrina Donovan, Lecturer in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

Three-dimensional printing (3DP) is a developing technology that can be described as the process of printing in a layer-by-layer fashion, similar to building with Legos®. 3DP is a cutting-edge technology that engages many diverse individuals in big corporations, at our local elementary schools and even in our homes. 3DP is a great example of the crossroads between science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. If an inquisitive mind can imagine an object, that creation can be translated to a printed object. Donovan will discuss her experience as a research scientist in the 3DP Research and Development group, her engagement with local STEAM events and her travels abroad related to her 3DP journey.  She will also demonstrate 3DP at the STEAM Café.

STEAM Café is a series of free informal talks by South Dakota School of Mines & Technology faculty and staff, as well as visiting experts. The series is a partnership between the university, South Dakota Public Broadcasting and Hay Camp Brewing Company.

An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, STEAM Café is held at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, at Hay Camp. A food truck will be available at each STEAM Café for meal purchase, and handcrafted beer will be available for purchase from Hay Camp. 


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525 University Loop
Rapid City, SD 57701


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