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Next TU Science Café: 3-D Printers and What Else?

The next installment of Thomas University’s Science Café series will feature Windham Graves from Florida State University presenting “The Future: 3-D Printers and What Else?” The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.

Graves is a studio technician and leads FSU’s Facility for Arts Research Multi Modal Additive Printer (MMAP) project, which he began in the summer of 2012. MMAP is a 3-D printing platform for use in materials research, experimental form generation and human-scale art making. He has experimented with ABS plastic, wax, high-density polyethylene, and a variety of concrete and aggregate mixtures.

 Recently, Graves retrofitted the MMAP printer with a specialized extruder designed to handle concrete and ceramic materials. His next series of tests will focus on printing with ceramic, generating large-scale prints for kiln firing.

Graves graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. In 2011 he received a master’s degree in fine arts from FSU. Since then he’s taught a variety of computer-based art classes at FSU.

The Science Café is a forum for face-to-face conversation about current science topics and is held in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside the Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Main Campus. Guests are welcome to come at 6 p.m. for a pre-lecture reception with Graves in the Smith-Bonvillian Hall lobby. There is no admission charge.

For more information, contact April D. Penton at

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