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An Interview with David Cawley, Art Center College of Design
May 8, 2015
In a recent post, we brought you an example of a company using MCor’s unique 3D printer to create objects that look like a metal. Now in the third segment of our series about 3D printing and higher education, we discuss how Mcor technologies like those used to make the copper frog and toad, are being used by real students in a higher educational setting. David Cawley currently works as the Director of 3D Printing and Model Shops as well as an instructor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Mr. Cawley’s students are able to use an Mcor IRIS printer to bring their creativity from idea into reality using standard copy paper. The interview was conducted via email, and the transcript is here below.
1) What is/are your academic background and your qualifications? How long have you been working/teaching at the Art Center College of Design?
I also teach an Art Center at Night class, Introduction to 3D Printing.
I joined Art Center nine years ago as 3D Lab Manager. My current role now is Director of 3D printing and Model Shops
There are faculty in various locations on campus using 3D printers for their individual labs but up until now, there has been no central resource that has been open to all students and faculty.
2) How long have you been working with 3D printers and 3D printing?
3) What prompted you to look into Mcor in the first place? How did you hear about them?
I heard about Mcor from the internet and trade shows
4) How many and what type of Mcor units are you using?
5) What other types of units do you and your students have available to them currently?
6) What do you see as the biggest strengths of the MCOR products you are using?
7) To this point, how have you integrated the technology into your curriculum and courses? Are your students doing internships and practicums that provide them opportunities to use these devices in the real world?
As for internships, students use the resources of the company they go to; not many at this point use our printers. Having said that, students go to places where there are no printers and talk about our in-house capabilities sometimes.
8) How easy was it for your students to learn to use the Mcor printer? What has been the toughest adjustment for them, if anything?
9) In your opinion, do the skills students learn using a device like an Mcor IRIS translate to other 3D printers students might encounter other places?
10) What advice, if any, would you give to other art schools considering purchasing an MCOR unit versus any of the others? How much of an investment are the consumables needed to run the machine?
Again I think the potential for the technology is just starting to find its place. As the printers get faster and the color gets better, it will find its place in a lot more institutions.