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Building a better 3D printer

June 30, 2016

Maryland Institute College of Art

The artist as entrepreneur? It may not be intuitive but once you think about it, it makes perfect sense; two MICA graduates, both of whom earned their BFAs in interdisciplinary sculpture have built a business around developing a better 3D printer. Harrison Tyler '14 and Evan Roche '14 became interested in digital fabrication while students at MICA and created the first prototype as part of their thesis project.

Today, Tyler and Roche are serving as MICA's first Entrepreneurs-In-Residence. As part of their residence, they have created a two-day Buildclass and are teaching MICA community members how to build, program, and repair their own 3D printers. Participants tell Tyler and Roche what they want to print and the sculptors-turned-engineering experts help customize the printers to create the desired end result.

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