On Friday, January 29th, 2016, the Xi Psi Chapter visited Open Source Classroom, LLC, in downtown Bloomington. Open Source Classroom was started by an Illinois State University Alum, Rob Martin, whom previously won the Business Start Up Competition a few years back. Rob told us that he developed Open Source based on his passions and what he loved to do, instead of just focusing on classroom setting scenarios, like in college.
Open Source Classroom, LLC
Nowadays, Rob offers hours of training for students, professors, and anyone interested in 3D printing. His office has many workbenches, 3D Printers, and miscellaneous printing equipment that he offers to his customers on a monthly membership basis. He teaches everybody what he trademarked: 3D Literacy. The elements of 3D Literacy include 3D printers, 3D CAD Design, and 3D Programming. Open Source’s tagline is 3D Literacy + Creativity = Innovation; Rob showed us that you can teach someone 3D Literacy, but you can’t teach creativity, that’s what you need to bring to the printer.
What’s the future of 3D Printing?
3D Printing has grown from being known as so “unique” a few years ago, to something that is now considered “mainstream.” In the states of Texas and California, 3D Printing construction companies are now building homes and large structures with different materials (like plastic and cement). On the other hand, medical providers and surgeons are starting to invest in these printers to create and practice on exact replicas of organs that doctors are preparing to do surgery on. Moreover, bioengineers are creating arms, legs, hands, etc… for those who are missing body parts.
3D printing can be anything as simple as a fun hobby to a more complex, life changing opportunity and occupation. This product is only going to continue to advance and become more innovative, creating possibilities we can’t even fathom today. Why not try to learn this special trade?