CREATE A CHARACTER FROM "AMONG US" OR A JET ENGINE MODEL? IT'S EASY AT THE TSPU'S PHYSICS CENTER!
The Center for Additional Physics and Mathematics, and natural-science Education of the TSPU is actively working on 3D Modeling, Prototyping, and Additive Technologies using equipment purchased as part of the "People of the Future" grant.
The project has been developing for the second year under the supervision of Olga Sergeevna Netesova, senior teacher of the Department of Informatics of the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics of the TSPU. The teacher conducts such disciplines as "Robotics", "Educational Robotics" and "Organization of additional education of children in robotics" for students of Physics and Mathematics Faculty, Faculty of Technology and Entrepreneurship and Institute of Childhood of the TSPU, and also trains future teachers to implement professional activities in the Center of digital and humanitarian education for schoolchildren "Point of Growth".
In order to cover the entire range of possibilities of 3D printers, Olga Sergeevna took the initiative of organizing additional classes: worschops in 3D modeling and printing were launched at the TSPU Center:
"At 80-90%, 3D modeling is primarily the development of 3D models. Printing itself is not too difficult, the main thing is to know the principles of the printer's work. The main task is to develop a 3D model according to a certain technical task, which often has to be created by oneself".
Within the framework of the project "Tehnovolunteers of Enlightenment of TSPU" students of the Tomsk State Pedagogical University can apply to the Center when they just need to print an existing model on a 3D printer when there is a need to develop a model, as well as when they want to learn 3D modeling on their own. The purposes of the students are absolutely different: from creation of small details with which one can restore an object to printing sculptural decorative models. The printer can also be used to create a number of didactic tools and materials that are important in the work of students in various departments.
Alexander Malyshev, a 4th-year student of the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics and a lab assistant at the TSPU, expressed his desire to learn how to use 3D printers; now he works with students and schoolchildren, constructing various 3D models. For example, a figurine of a character from the popular game "Among Us" or a sectional view model of a jet engine, which allows you to see the internal compressors, combustion chamber and trace the principles of its operation.
"Problems that anyone can encounter when printing on a 3D printer is the printed model not sticking well to the table and "going out of place"; creating a crumbly and brittle model caused by an incorrect temperature setting; problems caused by errors made when writing the program for printing, and more. But with training and your own interest, these difficulties can be avoided and you can get a high-quality, unique model", — says Alexander.
Training in 3D modeling is also useful for students' practical training. For example, students of the Faculty of Engineering, having attended a master class back in May, were able to apply their knowledge in developing models of company logos together with their pupils. Students of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics also had an opportunity to use the capabilities of 3D modeling and 3D printing during summer practice, working with children on research projects.
Already in October of the next academic year, the TSPU Physics and Mathematics Center is waiting for all students interested in developing the skills of using additive technologies in their professional activities and improving their qualifications in the field of digital technology.