About the lab
The GMU Math Maker Lab is housed in a room within the math department on the 4th floor of Exploratory Hall on the George Mason Fairfax Campus. Lab equipment:
- Makerbot 5th Generation PLA printer
- Makerbot 2X dual ABS printer
- Lulzbot TAZ5 multi-material printer with dual extruder
The lab director is Prof. Evelyn Sander. Maintenance and printing is additionally supported by graduate assistant Ratna Khatri (as a halftime position). Both have expertise in using a variety of slicer softwares, including Makerbot Desktop, Simplify 3D, and CURA. Both also have expertise in design software including OpenSCAD, Tinkercad, Mathematica, Paraview, Sketchup, and C. With the exception of Simplify 3D, all of these software packages are available without charge.
Lab activities are chronicled on the lab blog http://gmumathmaker.blogspot.com. They include
- Booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival 2016
- GMU FOCUS STEM Camp July 2015
- Presentation for Middle School Girls Visit to the GMU AWM Chapter April 2015
- Technology and Innovations Conference September 2015
- Sublevel sets of spinodal decomposition for the Cahn-Hilliard equation, a nonlinear partial differential equation (Drs. Evelyn Sander and Thomas Wanner)
- Construction of self-similar tiling (Dr. Tyler White)
- Want to start 3D printing? An overview of 3D printing and tutorials on how to begin.