Thursday, May 15, 2014

Final Final Final

So today was my last day of my last class at SUNY New Paltz.  It was kind of bitter sweet. 

I am sad.  The digital class is one of my favorite classes to teach.  I found it strange that in the five years that I have taught at New Paltz I have had an 8:00 AM class EVERY semester.  This semester I had 24 students with a long wait list.  This has to be a record for an early class.  I am looking forward to sleeping in for the first time in years. 

 I have an announcement to make (I already let the cat out of the bag on facebook).  I have recently accepted a position at Appalachian State University to head a metals program in North Carolina.  I am happy to say, at least for a while, I will have a torch in my hand instead of a mouse.  My time at New Paltz has been complicated.  While my relationship with the metals faculty and program has been strong and prosperous, my relationship with New York and other individuals on campus has been tested.  I looking forward to be the master of my domain if you will.  

So while I close this chapter of my life I am opening another and leaving behind an incredible facility, some great co-workers and some super capable students.  Live long and prosper Digi Fab Lab!  

Below are some images from the digitize and accessorize project from the final today. They had to make an accessory for an real life object.  First, they had to CAD model an object that they felt needed to be improved and then using the makerbot array, they had to 3D print an attachable accessory.  It had to fit.  There were a few hairy moments during the crit but I am happy to say that 99% of them worked.