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An Interview with Braden Croy, Syracuse University
April 24, 2015
Following the success of our first round of HARO queries related to 3D printing in education, in business, and in the consumer space, we decided it was time to delve a little deeper into the education space, where 3D printing is having a tremendous impact. More specifically, we have chosen to focus on its integration into higher education and STEM education. This is the first in a series of interviews with people from around the country working with 3D printers and printing. Braden Croy currently serves as the director of the NEXIS (New Explorations in Information and Science), which operates under the School of Information Studies (a.k.a. the iSchool at Syracuse University. NEXIS, according to the school stands for New Explorations in Information and Science and is a student-run space for exploring new technologies that intersect with the information management and technology concepts that we teach in the classroom. The interview was conducted via email, and the transcript is here below.
1) What is your academic background and experience?
2) How long have you been working with 3D printers/printing?
3) What prompted the inclusion of 3D printing with NEXIS, or were they both begun at the same time?
4) What types of printers do you have available to students in the NEXIS lab?
5) How many total do you have? Are there plans to expand in the future?
6) What types of filaments/materials are used?
7) What level of support have you gotten from the dean and other administration?
8) How have the 3D printing resources been integrated into the curriculum? What are some of the short and long-term term goals of the school as it relates to 3D printing?
9) What have been some of the biggest challenges involved with keeping a 3D printer space open and running?
10) Can you provide some examples of what have been the most unique or interesting things that students, faculty, or staff have been able to print so far?