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Digital Media Lab Operations Change Due to COVID-19

The Digital Media Lab has modified its offerings due to COVID-19.  You can find information about these specific changes on the services pages.  Please contact DML staff with any questions, dml@library.umass.edu. 

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Here are a selection of projects the Digital Media Lab have collaborated on. 

“The use of the 3D printing is a great opportunity for students to visualize their digital models, explore new opportunities, communicate with clients, and more quickly generate design alternatives. The combination of digital and physical models, allows students to better grasp concepts related to the shaping of terrain, while encouraging creativity in their designs,” says Carolina Aragón

Faculty:  Carolina Aragón, Lecturer, Landscape Architecture + Regional Planning 
Course:  LA297D/ LA 506 Studio - Design with Landform

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Landform Cast

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3D Print from a 3D Scan of a Landform

“…an investigation of 3D printing usage for making prosthetics and I also wanted to look into how feasible this DIY approach actually is (between downloading the files, finding the resources to print the parts, and then actually putting the hand together).”

Student:  Mei Li Dzindolet
Project:  Snap-Together Robohand
School/ College: Isenberg School of Management
Course: HONORS 391A:  Digital Humanities

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Snap Together Robohand, a miniature 3D printed prosthetic hand.

“We have used the model to measure drag in a flow chamber.  The object created a lot of excitement from pretty much everyone who saw it. In my lab, it sparked many discussions on how they could use a 3D printer both for teaching and for their research” said David Matthews.

Student:  David Matthews
Project:  Mantis Shrimp Appendage
School/College:  College of Natural Sciences
Course:  MIE 415 Produce Design and Development

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Mantis Shrimp Appendage.

“We are using it for an educational tool in our public debate and hopefully use it as a model to build a system on campus…The result of the 3D printed object has allowed us to present complicated design information with a visual aide.  People have responded well to this project, and we are more prepared compared to other teams in our project,” said Erin Haley.

Student:  Erin Haley
Project:  Aquaponics System
College/School:  College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Course:  NatSci 289H iCons Renewable Energy 2

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3D printed aquaponics system used as a visual aid for presentation.

Charlie Schweik (lead facilitator) – Dept of Environmental Conservation and School of Public Policy  (cschweik@pubpol.umass.edu). Charlie has expertise in the broad phenomenon called ‘Commons-based Peer Production’ that drives the open science/maker movement. He will act as the primary facilitator of the course, and overall week to week management of this ‘uncourse.’

 Office: 324 Holdsworth Hall

Email: cschweik@pubpol.umass.edu

Office hours: by appointment (and we will meet on Friday afternoons!)

 

Steve Acquah – Coordinator, Digital Media Lab, Associate professor of Chemistry (Adj.). Steve and his team at the DML provides the space for our class, and serves as technical assistance to the teams, especially in areas such as 3D design and printing.

 

Introduction: What is a makerspace?

 

A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. The ‘Maker Culture’ emphasizes learning though doing-it-yourself, or doing-it-together, in a social environment and utilizing open access licensed materials available on the Internet. Often, but not always, projects focus on open source technologies such as Arduino Microcontrollers, 3D design and printing and other such technologies. If you’ve ever attended the International Makerfaire in NY City you see all kinds of maker projects and gadgetry and how much fun and serious learning (!) can be accomplished through the open maker paradigm.

 

“Making” at university campuses worldwide has four great untapped “potentials” and students in this class, will be leading the way.

 

The UMass Create Student Fellows are a cohort of Digital Media Lab student staff. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, they will experiment with the UMass Create Web Domains pilot to work on their own web spaces and web projects related to the Digital Media Lab. As part of this process, the Student Fellows will regularly meet both with each other and UMass staff, reflect on their experiences using UMass Create and building a digital identity, and develop a personal web presence of their own that they can continue to grow after graduation. 

This initiative was inspired by the UMW Domain Fellows program.

 

The campus community was invited to attend the second annual Research Art-Science Exhibition from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in the Digital Media Lab (DML) on the third floor of the W.E.B. DuBois Library. About 40 students, mostly from various STEM backgrounds, presented artistic representations of their research activities they created while participating in the media lab’s drive to support their new skills such a networking, sharing ideas, results and practicing presentations with peers.

The STEM students’ gallery images depicted the beauty of such materials as meta-lenses for manipulating light, a model of the human gut that includes a realistic mucus layer to enhance microbiome studies and a pyrite-graphite rock mixture from the Adirondack Mountains. This year’s art event also offered visitors a chance to walk through a digital version of last year’s Research Art-Science Exhibition using virtual reality (VR), produced by Dr. Steve Acquah.

The VR game for PC can be downloaded here:

  

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The UMass Create Student Fellows are a cohort of Digital Media Lab student staff. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, they will experiment with the UMass Create Web Domains pilot to work on their own web spaces and web projects related to the Digital Media Lab. As part of this process, the Student Fellows will regularly meet both with each other and UMass staff, reflect on their experiences using UMass Create and building a digital identity, and develop a personal web presence of their own that they can continue to grow after graduation. 

This initiative was inspired by the UMW Domain Fellows program.

Hi! My name is Lulu Amirault and I’m currently a senior Classics/Communication major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In addition to my academic pursuits, I also am the president of the Her Campus chapter at my school and the station manager at our university’s student-run public access station. When not on campus, you can probably find me in my room re-reading books, watching Arrested Development on Netflix, or spending hours researching and analyzing Greek myths and social media for my thesis. I also love to create videos of my friends and I. I’m excited about being a fellow because it gives me both an outlet for my creativity and also a place to express who I am.

The UMass Create Student Fellows are a cohort of Digital Media Lab student staff. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, they will experiment with the UMass Create Web Domains pilot to work on their own web spaces and web projects related to the Digital Media Lab. As part of this process, the Student Fellows will regularly meet both with each other and UMass staff, reflect on their experiences using UMass Create and building a digital identity, and develop a personal web presence of their own that they can continue to grow after graduation. 

This initiative was inspired by the UMW Domain Fellows program.

Hello! My name is Florinda Cardoso and I am a junior here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I plan on majoring in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in the College of Natural Sciences. With my degree I would like to help maintain wildlife populations and environments that are in danger of disappearing. Right now my heart has fallen to the wonderful birds that inhabit the wild and trees! I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with these creatures in the great outdoors during my lifetime. When I am not studying I like to travel. I love exploring neighboring conservation areas so I can retreat to the wild. I also love to travel across the globe. In June of 2017 I traveled to a few countries in Europe and it was not only paradise, but the best time of my life. When I am not traveling I am practicing my photography skills, knitting, painting, writing, and biking. I plan to make my domain into a blog of events relating to my field and relating to my journey and experiences through life.

The UMass Create Student Fellows are a cohort of Digital Media Lab student staff. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, they will experiment with the UMass Create Web Domains pilot to work on their own web spaces and web projects related to the Digital Media Lab. As part of this process, the Student Fellows will regularly meet both with each other and UMass staff, reflect on their experiences using UMass Create and building a digital identity, and develop a personal web presence of their own that they can continue to grow after graduation. 

This initiative was inspired by the UMW Domain Fellows program.