Title: 3D Printers
Abstract: As part the Tactile Universe we use 3D printers to create tactile models of galaxies. In this talk we will provide an overview of how 3D printers work, what things to keep in mind when creating objects to be printed, and what resources are available within the ICG. We will also cover the custom software that was written for the Tactile Universe and the manufacturing process we used when scaling up our model production. For those attending the talk in person we will have several examples of our galaxy models printed using types of printers and some of the prototypes (as well as failed prints) we made along the way.