October 22, 2018

Metal 3D Printing for the Masses

Aerospace manufacturers have been 3D printing interior aircraft parts for decades. With the advent of more affordable metal 3D printing techniques, companies are now beginning to 3D print metal materials for key exterior components. Metal 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, uses lasers to fuse layers of metals or metal powders together. Companies continue to experiment with different materials, but the most popular metals and metal alloys used in metal 3D printing today include aluminum, stainless steel, copper, titanium, cobalt chrome and gold. Metal 3D printing helps companies save time and money by cutting labor-intensive steps such as welding…

Preparing for a Career as a Disney Imagineer

UAT Student Brett Butler’s experiences at Disney theme parks, resorts and cruises inspired him to join the maker movement. His dream job? “Working at Disney as an Imagineer!” The term Imagineer combines imagination and engineer. Brett definitely fits that description. Brett likes to make stuff, which makes him a perfect fit for the Digital Maker and Fabrication (DMF) program here at UAT. Since he arrived on campus in the fall of 2017, Brett has spent hours tinkering away in the UAT Maker Lab. He loves playing with the laser cutter and Formlabs high resolution stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer. Brett has…

Professor Jill Brumand’s Sustainable Waste Activity Grew Wheels

Sustainability Class Project

Professor Jill Brumand asked her students to bring in trash to their Sustainability in Practice class on Thursday, Oct. 5. Why, you might wonder? Good question! Professor Brumand wanted the students to learn the value of “cradle-to-cradle” concepts which encourage students to see what is traditionally classified as waste as something that can be inputs into a new system. This also helps support students’ ability to innovate and work toward a goal with a scarcity of traditional resources. The activity grouped students randomly and each group had to work through looking at what materials they had to building a functional…

‘Props Through 3D Printing’ Panel at WonderCon featuring 3D Printed Starlord Mask

Maker Technician Mike Syfritt in the UAT Maker Lab

UAT Maker Lab Technician Mike Syfritt is headed to WonderCon to host a panel called “Props Through 3D Printing,” on April 1, at Anaheim Convention Center, a topic which stems from his career as a custom prop fabricator. At WonderCon, he will show off one of the largest 3d print jobs that UAT has seen on campus, a Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Starlord Mask which was created on a Zortrax M 300 and took over 40 hours to complete. The panel will talk about how to get started building props using 3d printing technology along with information about printers…

Students Display Innovative Problem Solving in “Thinking Strategies” Class

Innovational Challenge

Digital Maker and Fabrication (DMF) Professor Spencer Nelson gave his Thinking Strategies class a challenging assignment. They were asked to design a device or method to be able to “tie” tennis shoe laces with one hand. The device was judged on speed and ease of use. The tie did not have to be a traditional knot, but it had to get the laces out of the way. There are many reasons why a person may only have the use of one hand to tie their shoes so this is a real problem that millions of people face every day. Each team creatively…

Welcome New UAT Students – CONNECT Summer 2016

Connect

Welcome new students to University of Advancing Technology! You are beginning your journey of innovation with many other technophiles like yourself. We hope you feel at home here – whether you are moving in to the dorms, UAT Founder’s Hall, commuting to campus daily or attending our campus virtually.  We can’t wait to for you to get settled, get familiar with the campus, meet new friends and learn what it means to be an innovator at UAT. The sky is not the limit, you can take your ideas anywhere with technology! Don’t miss out on any of the action starting the first…

UAT Maker Tech Presents Panel at WonderCon

WonderCon panel

Maker Lab Tech Mike Syfritt was in attendance at WonderCon in Los Angeles last weekend. You may not have recognized him right away due to his Cosplay attire, but that’s the dress code while at WonderCon! Mike hosted a panel called “Props and Weapons, Supersize it.” The panel spoke about the process to make oversized props and weapons that are of a lightweight material and safe for prop use at “Cons,” or conventions. For the panel, Mike designed and constructed an oversized Harley Quinn hammer to give away as a raffle prize. The hammer was made of laser cut cardboard…

Welcome UAT Students | Connect Spring 2016

Connect

Welcome new students to University of Advancing Technology! You are beginning your journey of innovation with many other technophiles like yourself. We hope you feel at home here – whether you are moving in to the dorms, UAT Founder’s Hall, commuting to campus daily or attending our campus online.  We can’t wait to for you to get settled, get familiar with the campus, meet new friends and learn what it means to be an innovator at UAT. The sky is not the limit, you can take your ideas anywhere with technology! Don’t miss out on any of the action starting the first…

AZ Tech Beat Visits UAT on #ExposeTheAwesome Tour

Expose the Awesome

UAT was the last stop on AZ Tech Beat‘s #ExposeTheAwesome Tour, where they had a neat idea to interview cool companies in various technology fields throughout the summer. We had a busy day planned for AZTB Editor Tishin Donkersley, Community Manager Ryan Loebe and Film Intern Xavier Smith, but we knew they were ready for it! First, they sat down with Provost Dr. David Bolman to find out why UAT is unique and how access to great technology molds our students into innovators for the future. Dr. Bolman had no trouble expressing his enthusiasm for technology and how important UAT is to…

Maker Faire New York

MakerFaire

UAT is getting involved in Maker Faire this year and the event couldn’t be a more perfect fit for our innovative community of makers, especially students in the Digital Maker and Fabrication degree! What is Maker Faire? It’s called the “Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth.” Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Faire gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. Makers come to show their creations and share…