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STEAM room at Tarpon Campus

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By Jean Palenchar

In the back corner of the Tarpon Springs Campus Library at St. Petersburg College, near the math tutoring area, is a room full of wonders. The STEAM workroom is one of the coolest places on the Tarpon Springs campus. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Like all the amenities provided by the library, its use is completely free for students. The times are posted on the room door, along with a catalog of some of the items that are in the STEAM workroom.

So what can visitors find inside the STEAM workroom? Inside this room one can find an incredible amount of technological and artistic material. A few of the things that one can use are a FlashForge 3D printer, a CNC Carvey machine, and a myriad of Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, and stop-motion videography equipment.

In this incredible place, you can get lost for hours. You can play with something known as Makey Makey. It allows the user to make inputs for a computer, such as a keyboard or mouse, from everyday objects.

The STEAM workroom also has a robotic kit. The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 allows the creator to build their own custom robots, program them for challenges, and have fun exercising their mental creativity.

3D printers are amazing tools. Visitors can learn how to use 3D printers in the STEAM workroom. They can get familiar with 3D printing with the STEAM Works Room 3D Printing Pen, which allows the user to create 3D sculptures in the same way as a regular pen.

Overall, the STEAM workroom is an amazing place that doesn’t get enough attention. The STEAM workroom can also be used for club meetings and group, class, or club projects. So anyone who is in the mood to do something creative or work with some awesome technology should definitely check it out!

The STEAM Works room has a 3D printer. This 3D printer is made by FlashForge. All 3D printers are useful equipment to have. They can do amazing things. The STEAM workroom 3D printer prints in a 4 inch x 4 inch x 12 inch area.

Using a 3D printer is like using any ordinary printer, except that instead of printing documents, you print three-dimensional objects that you have created or found on the Internet. Using 3D modeling software such as SketchUp, ZBrush and AutoCAD 360, it is possible to create 3D objects for printing.

Once the user has created or found what they want to print, it should be exported as an .obj file or .stl file. The .obj and .stl file types are the extensions that the 3D modeling software exports to the 3D printer for printing.

Depending on the 3D printer you are using, the software you use to review prints and export them to the printer may change. The FlashForge 3D printer in the STEAM workroom uses the included FlashForge printing software.

Almost all 3D printers are not fast. Depending on the size of the print, it may take 30 minutes to 12 hours to complete a print.

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