#8 Technology Throughout History: 3D Printing and CNC Milling Provide a New Generation of Creative Tools For Use in K-12 Schools

Michael Littman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  He joined Princeton University in 1979 after earning his doctoral degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977.  His research interests include automatic controls, tunable laser design, and bio-mimic robotics. His principal research concerns the Terrestrial Planet Finder, a project involving design and control of a high contrast coronagraph in the search for life in the universe.

February 13 and 27, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Michael Littman, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Tools for manufacturing have been an important part of our history and will continue to impact our future.  In this seminar Prof. Littman will consider recent advances in technology, engineering and manufacturing.  21st century manufacturing technologies including additive manufacturing such as 3D printing, as well as subtractive methods like CNC milling will be explored.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about new manufacturing technologies and work in a University lab setting.  There will be an opportunity to design and fabricate a few simple objects - a set of gears, a replica LEGO brick, a jig-saw puzzle, a slide rule, or a topological map of a portion of the Earth are some possible examples.  Prof. Littman will review some historic replicas that his students have made for use in STEM education using these modern technologies including Galileo's original pendulum clock, Charles Page's original electric motor, Samuel Morse's telegraph, and Thomas Edison's plunger-type ammeter.  An introduction to CAD (computer-aided-design) and CAM (computer-aided-manufacturing) software will also be presented.