For the past few weeks, our team has been hard at work preparing for the lab research that we will begin next semester. To date, we have completed a thorough literature review, developed a methodology, and presented a brief proposal to our peers and colleagues in the Gemstone program. As the semester begins to wind down, we will continue working through winter break to prepare our final proposal, which will be presented to a panel of experts in the field next February.
Recently, the entire team took a tour of the TerrapinWorks facility in the Glenn L. Martin Engineering Building, which is home to the 3D printer that we will be using for our research. The Nanoscribe 3D printer uses laser lithography to print structures with a resolution on the order of nanometers. Yes - nanometers. We will take advantage of this technology to develop structures in our model on a physiologically accurate scale. We also loved seeing all the amazing things that can be fabricated using additive manufacturing technology!
In addition, some of our team members visited the FabLab in the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, a clean room that is home to many types of microfabrication equipment. We will be using these facilities to develop the larger base structure of our model. We can't wait to get started on the next phase of our research!