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Durham University

Durham University

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Durham UniversityDepartment ofComputer Science• England’s only Centre forExcellence in Teaching andLearning in Computer ScienceChallenge• Fostering project collaborationacross academic disciplines3D Systems ZPrinter ® 650 stimulatesinter-departmental collaboration atDurham UniversityA ZPrinter ® 650 3D printer is transforming inter-departmental collaboration at Durham University and is helping theuniversity’s earth scientists to understand the geology and conditions that cause earthquakes in Italy.The Department of Computer Science at Durham University — England’s only Centre for Excellence in Teachingand Learning in Computer Science — has recently installed a 3D Systems ZPrinter 650 3D printer.The ZPrinter 650 is engineered to satisfy the most demanding requirements in engineering, education, AEC,GIS and entertainment. With the largest build volume of any 3D printer, it enables users to print very large,high-resolution, multicolour models in a few hours or to make many, smaller models at once.Strategy• Using the ZPrinter 650 multicolour3D printer for a varietyof applicationsResults• Transformed inter-departmentalcollaboration• Enhanced research andlearning process• 3D models printed quickly,easily and affordably“I can see a day whenperhaps every departmentat Durham will have a3D printer.”– Dr. Liz Burd,Senior Lecturer in theDepartment of Computer Scienceand Deputy Head in theUniversity’s Faculty of ScienceDr. Andrew Hatch holds a 3D model of a geological feature created for Durham University’s Earth Sciences Department.CHALLENGEFostering inter-departmental collaborationOn the advice and recommendations of her departmentalcolleagues, Dr. Liz Burd, senior lecturer in the Departmentof Computer Science and deputy head in the university’sFaculty of Science, purchased the ZPrinter 650 as a toolthat could help facilitate and encourage inter-disciplinaryresearch across many different academic disciplines.“Part of our research group’s remit is to use the latestcomputer science and technology to help other departments,”she says, “which is the main reason why wepurchased the ZPrinter 650. However, when we firstinstalled the machine we struggled to attract the interestof other faculties. People just didn’t seem to understandwhat we could do for them. Now that we’ve had theopportunity to introduce them to the technology andhow a 3D model can help them solve their problems,we’ve had many requests for our services.”SOLUTIONZPrinting across multiple departmentsand applicationsOne particular, high-profile project currently beingundertaken is with the Earth Sciences department.Dr. Ken McCaffrey, reader in Earth Sciences at theuniversity, has created an extraordinary and detailed3D map of the surface ruptures related to the cataclysmicearthquake that devastated the Italian Apennine regionof Abruzzo. The mapping project, part of the widerrelief-effort reported in the UK national and theinternational media, is using the ZPrinter 650 tocreate colour, 3D representations of the regionalgeology. The results of Dr. McCaffrey’s project will,it’s hoped, help to improve the understanding of“quakes, their timing and likely magnitude.”

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