Student Denise Allan will work with attendees at Research Through Design 2017 in Edinburgh to help them design and 3D scan a unique item to mark their visit to the conference.
Taking place on the Thursday of the event (23 March), delegates will be able to attend a special session where they will be encouraged to design a memento of the conference out of Plasticine.
The Plasticine item will then be scanned using a bespoke 3D scanner, before eventually being 3D printed to create a unique souvenir of their day.
The idea for the session stems from Denise’s own use of 3D printing, with her current PhD focusing on the impact this technology, and other digital making tools, has on social capital when used in an educational environment. She also runs her own business – Wee Replicators
– which gives children the opportunity to design and create using 3D printers.
Alongside allowing delegates to create their own item linked to their experiences at the conference, the project will also help create a visual archive for the event, with all designs available online to print after it has taken place.
She said: “We want delegates to make something that represents their experience of the conference. 3D printing is a fun and engaging way for people to get hands-on to help create an artefact which will also be used to document the conference– the event is taking place in a museum so it seems appropriate to create a personalised souvenir!
“3D printing is continuing to grow as more and more people recognise its capabilities. Through my own studies and business, I’m keen to highlight not just the practical elements, but the role it can have in social situations. Sessions like these can really make a difference in helping people communicate and work with others – its benefits are far more than simply its design capabilities.”