NE SciFest Invent-a-Thon will coach 3D design, printing


OMAHA, Neb. (April 12, 2016)—Modern innovation and prototype development will play center-stage during a series of public events at the University of Nebraska Medical Center when it hosts the 3D Printing Invent-a-Thon as part of the Nebraska Science Festival.

The Invent-a-Thon is weeklong series of public seminars and events centered on an invention competition among teams of high school students. The student teams are challenged to design and 3D print a solution to a real-world healthcare problem.

The Invent-a-Thon opens Monday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Michael F. Sorrell Center’s simulation center with educational seminars about 3D design, printing and product development, followed by a tour of the UNMC Maker space and 3D printers. The following day, a pair of lectures will explore a current medical problem in need of a solution and tutor guests on the use of essential software, including use of the iEXCEL center’s state-of-the-art MultiTaction Wall.


All events to be held at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Michael F. Sorrell Center Simulation Lab, room 1012, at the northeast corner of 42nd and Emile Streets in Omaha.

Monday, April 18
4:30-5 p.m. — “Introduction to 3D printing and design,” Tyler Scherr and Will Payne, UNMC Makers
5:15-5:45 p.m. — “Product development,” Agnes Lenagh, Ph.D., UNeMed
6-6:30 p.m. — Tour of UNMC 3D Maker Space and 3D printers

Tuesday, April 19
4:30-5 p.m. — “Background of medical problem and problem statement”
5-5:30 p.m. — “Using Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD software,” Seth Stauffer, UNMC Makers
5:30-6:30 — Hands-on Autodesk Inventor training

Wednesday, April 20 & Thursday, April 21
Team competition events, closed to the public.

Friday, April 22
4-5:15 p.m. — Team presentations
5:30-6:30 p.m. — Awards and reception

The teams will spend the next two days designing, refining and printing their solutions before the public is invited to observe the final presentations on Friday, April 22. Final presentations are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in room 1012 of the Sorrell Center. Awards will be presented at approximately 5:30 p.m., followed by a short reception.

All Invent-a-Thon events are free, hosted and sponsored by the UNMC Makers club, the McGoogan Library of Medicine and UNMC’s technology transfer and commercialization office, UNeMed.

The first-place team will win tickets to the Nebraska Science Festival’s headline event, “An Evening with LeVar Burton.” Burton is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Geordi La Forge on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and as host of the popular PBS children’s series “Reading Rainbow.” He will present “Technology & Storytelling: Making a Difference in the Digital Age” at 7:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Art Museum.



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