The Citadel Makerspace – The Citadel Today Tue, 08 Jun 2021 16:45:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Citadel Makerspace – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 MUSC, The Citadel’s Innovation Lab strengthen collaboration Tue, 08 Jun 2021 16:45:33 +0000 A core team of medical students, residents and Citadel cadets and students will develop innovative products focused on improving health in South Carolina.]]>

Photo: 3D-printed pieces of the protective masks made for MUSC, by faculty and staff at The Citadel, to address the mask shortage in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As seen in the Moultrie News

The MUSC Department of Surgery Human-Centered Design Program and The Citadel Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business Innovation Lab recently announced a partnership that will promote the enrichment of both program’s innovation, teaching and learning missions.

Through a memorandum of agreement, the two programs will work together to form a core team of medical students, residents and Citadel cadets and students to develop innovative products focused on increasing the health of South Carolinians.

The MUSC residents and students will collaborate with the Baker School of Business Innovation Lab cadets and students to work toward patentable or registerable projects.

The HCD program, led by Joshua Kim, was established under the leadership of chief of Surgical Oncology David Mahvi, M.D., and vice chair of Research Michael Yost, Ph.D., to cultivate innovative approaches to solve unmet surgical and medical needs.

The BSB Innovation Lab has a similar mission – it is dedicated to teaching students the value of innovative thinking along with offering the opportunity to pioneer innovations and business ideas, learn how to build out a business plan and pitch their ideas to investors.

In March of 2020, with the threat of a shortage of protective masks looming as the coronavirus pandemic grew, MUSC’s Kim innovated with a team of biomedical engineers and medical professionals to develop plans for 3D-printed masks. Once the design was available, the BSB Innovation Lab collaborated with MUSC and printed more than 500 masks to help to resolve the N-95 mask shortage in the region.

“The relationship the BSB Innovation Lab built with MUSC during the height of the pandemic provided an opportunity for us to partner and continue working toward improving the lives of medical professionals and the patients they take care of,” said Capt. James Bezjian, Ph.D., director of the Innovation Lab and an assistant professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Baker School of Business. “By working with the MUSC Human Centered Design team, we are able to assist with projects that have life-changing capability.”

Kim will work with design teams of surgeons, residents, engineers and business development trainees based on design initiatives presented by surgeons and residents. “Through this new partnership, we can seamlessly innovate a design, develop a business plan and produce products that improve patient care,” said Mahvi.

The collaboration also provides an opportunity for academic growth. Residents and medical students gain knowledge and experience in business and entrepreneurship skills, and business students are exposed to new product ideas in the health care arena.

Final round of the Baker Business Bowl finds new home in Bastin Hall Fri, 16 Apr 2021 16:08:39 +0000 An annual tradition with the Baker School of Business has a new home on campus -- Bastin Hall, the new headquarters for the business school.]]>

Photo: (left to right) Michael Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, Shawn Swartwood, director of the Baker Business Bowl, Team Extrusionaire’s Tiernan VanDyke and Tommy Baker remove masks to pose for a portrait while awarding the first place price.

An annual tradition with the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business has a new home on campus — Bastin Hall, the new headquarters for The Citadel’s business school.

Now, from inside the new building, a new student-founded business is $10,000 closer to reality.

Extrusionaire — device that melts down 3D printed parts and scrap, and then reforms it back into filament to be reused by a 3D printer — won first place in the Baker Business Bowl VII.

3D printing creates a large amount of waste during production, and Extrusionaire provides a fully automated way to for waste or failed prints to be melted down and reformed into a spool of filament, which can be reused. The entire process takes about five hours to melt down, reform and spool plastic products into useable 3D-printing filament.

“This event allowed me a chance to better understand how important business planning and organization is beyond the pure arithmetic and designing process,” said Team Extrusionaire’s Tiernan VanDyke, an evening undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student. “More than anything, our winning is the result of an effective and compelling product. Additionally, the Extrusionaire would not be nearly as functional if not for the effort and expertise of my team, and for that I’m grateful.”

Team Extrusionaire worked with 3D-printing hobbyists in mind, though they also see possible partnerships with The Citadel Makerspace, College of Charleston’s Mace Brown Museum of Natural History and more.

The final round of the competition was held on Tuesday, April 13.

Each of the five final teams had 30 minutes to present their business ideas, and to answer questions from the judges.

Team Extrusionaire includes:

  • Luis Garcia
  • Mateo Gomez
  • Craig Niswender
  • Benjamin Perry
  • Tiernan Van Dyke

Team Solar Suck came in second place, earning $5,000 for their business. The company’s goal is to create an effective dehumidifier that exclusively uses solar power to lower utility prices and promote clean energy; it can also be used in survival situations, such as in a lifeboat, in order to collect water from the air to drink.

(Left to right) Shawn Swartwood, Dean Michael Weeks, Ph.D., members of Team Solar Suck and Tommy Baker remove masks to pose for portrait after Team Solar Suck placed second in the Baker Business Bowl VII.

Members of Team Solar Suck include:

  • Cade Bennett
  • Andrew Brabazon
  • Charles Marsh
  • Joshua Valencia
  • Jack Zappendorf

In late 2020, nine teams competed in the second round of the Baker Business Bowl VII. Five of those teams progressed to the final round held in April 2021.

The Baker Business Bowl is a program aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new product or service, and the desire to turn that idea into a business. It’s open to cadets, evening undergraduate students and graduate students.

Contestants participate in teams and compete in three rounds over the academic year. The final five teams are given the opportunity to attend a series of educational workshops on how to develop their full business plan.

Past and future meet in a plastic present Fri, 18 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0000 An interdisciplinary team from The Citadel, with the Gibbes Museum, is lifting the veil that separates the artistic from the technological.]]>

An interdisciplinary team from The Citadel, working with the Gibbes Museum of Art, is lifting the veil that separates the artistic from the technological.

The Veiled Lady — a masterful marble statue created by Pietro Rossi in 1882 — is one of the most well-known pieces of art in the Gibbes.

But the photo above is not of the Veiled Lady. Not the original one, at least.

Thanks to three departments on campus, and a 3D-printer company created by a former cadet called Evolve 3D, the priceless statue can now be recreated, anywhere, for less than a dollar.

Not only that, but the 3D-printed version of the statue can be touched, something that’s attractive to the museum’s everyday visitor and especially important for visually impaired guests.

“When I first saw the iconic Veiled Lady sculpture at the Gibbes Museum, I, like many, was drawn to the stunning textures of this intricately-carved marble,” said Tiffany Silverman, director of The Citadel Fine Arts program. “At the time, as a museum educator, I wished that everyone could have access to experience this artwork in a more tactile, immediate way. Fifteen years later, the perfect combination of talented colleagues and innovative technology has, at last, made this dream possible.” 

The Citadel Fine Arts Department, the Baker School of Business Innovation Lab, The Citadel Makerspace and Evolve 3D worked together to make the project possible — and to help make art more accessible outside of a museum.

Evolve 3D has its own interdisciplinary connections to The Citadel. The business (then called the Cambrian Project) was initially created as part of the annual Baker Business Bowl, a program aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs turn their ideas into income.

Though the team didn’t win the first or second place cash prizes, Ben Scott — the founder and CEO of Evolve 3D — says they earned something more valuable.

On the company’s website, he wrote:

“Countless hours of work, every night in the library, then the garage, studying business, writing/rewriting the business plan, working/reworking financial predictions, not going out on weekends, straining personal relationships for months, and still lost. I didn’t sleep for days following, but ironically, I think we still won. The lesson learned from that failure is worth a lot more than $10,000.”

Evolve 3D also loaned one of their beta printers, named Eve, to the museum which will use it to produce more 3D prints of art.

“This innovative and interdisciplinary partnership with The Citadel has proven to be an exciting way to engage our community with art and new technology,” said Sara Arnold, the director of cultural affairs at the Gibbes Museum of Art. “Our visitors are amazed to see the 3D printer in action at the Gibbes. Bridging art and technology opens a whole new world of creativity and accessibility and we are so grateful to Tiffany Silverman and The Citadel cadets who have shared their time and expertise with us.”

As part of the collaboration, James Bezjian, Ph.D, shared his groundbreaking use of a high-resolution 3D scanner that he uses to document artifacts. Dan Hawkins brought the technology of The Citadel’s Makerspace, including 3D printers. Scott — one of Bezjian’s students — started Evolve 3D along with Fine Arts minor — and one of Silverman’s students — Ethan Warner. The Gibbes Museum, current partner of The Citadel’s Fine Arts program, was looking for ways to increase access to their collection for both virtual and in-person audiences.

To that end, and thanks to the entire team involved, a 3D print of the Veiled Lady is also currently on display, waiting to greet visitors at the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Public Higher Ed Partners to Produce Critical COVID-19 Medical Supplies Mon, 13 Apr 2020 20:45:20 +0000 A project that began with The Citadel, MUSC and Coastal Carolina University to produce crucial medical equipment has grown into a statewide effort.]]>

From the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

A project that began with The Citadel, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Coastal Carolina University to produce crucial medical equipment has grown into a statewide effort. The Commission on Higher Education (CHE) is now coordinating this initiative to address a challenging shortage of critical medical supplies by utilizing the state’s public colleges and universities. Higher education students and staff will use 3-D printers housed at multiple public colleges and universities to produce protective medical masks, ventilator splitters, and face shields, items urgently needed to protect the state’s health professionals as they care for patients and fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Since students’ learning has moved online and most have returned to their home communities, equipment and machinery that routinely operates during the semester is available for use, including 3-D printers. Last week, the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) agreed to provide the CHE with $300,000 in emergency funds to purchase the specialized filament required to make the protective equipment.

The statewide effort grew from the efforts of Dr. James Bezjian, The Citadel’s Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Innovation Lab in the Baker School of Business. Dr. Bezjian was working with MUSC to develop and produce medical masks for MUSC health workers as they assist patients with COVID-19. West Courtney, a Citadel senior who is one of Dr. Bezjian’s students, asked how he could help. He connected with Coastal Carolina University, which soon began using its idle 3-D printers to assist in the mask-producing effort. Coastal is using the prototype developed and approved by MUSC and forecasts at least 50 masks will be produced this week, with production ramping up in future weeks.

“I’m thrilled that Coastal Carolina University had the opportunity to be a leader in this important endeavor,” said David A. DeCenzo, Ph.D., president of Coastal Carolina University. “This project shows how we can all come together in innovative ways in times of great need to provide a service that directly and immediately impacts those on the front lines.”

Col. John Dorrian, USAF (Ret.), vice president of communications and marketing

The Citadel’s mission is to educate and develop principled leaders in alignment with the core values of honor, duty and respect,” said Col. John Dorrian, USAF (Ret.), vice president of communication and marketing for The Citadel. “Three professors from three different areas of the college and some students – including one cadet who volunteers for the Baker School of Business Innovation Lab – are demonstrating in a very meaningful way, the college’s culture of believing we all have a duty to serve and to lead not only in a crisis, but each day. We are very proud of their work in support of the tireless healthcare workers at the tip of the spear at MUSC.” The Citadel estimates it will produce between 750-1000 masks by May 1.

With DHEC’s funding, universities can buy specialized PLA printing filament and other materials to make these desperately needed items. The University of South Carolina (UofSC) is using its 3-D printers to produce the rubber band used for the face shield. UofSC plans to produce a total of 5,000 face shields for MUSC, with a goal of delivering 1,000 face shields by the end of the week. Central Carolina Technical College plans to produce 500 face masks a week for McLeod Hospital in Florence.

“It’s an incredible effort. Everyone wants to help and make a difference,” said Dr. Rusty Monhollon, CHE’s president and executive director. “This is a great example of how students and leaders are working together to leverage higher education’s research and development power during a crisis to change people’s lives, impact public health and help our medical professionals who are on the front line. We are grateful to the governor, our legislative leaders and DHEC for providing these funds.”

South Carolina’s government and higher education leaders and students are finding ways to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. We are stronger together than we are apart.

3D printed masks at The Citadel help save lives Wed, 08 Apr 2020 10:00:42 +0000 Dan Hawkins, Dr. James Bezjian, Dr. Sarah Imam have been hard at work 3D printing six medical masks a day, to be donated to MUSC.]]>

As seen on ABC News 4, by Eli Brand

While the 3D printers in the Daniel Library at The Citadel sat dormant, the man in charge of them had an idea.

His idea was that these printers could be used to save lives, and other professors at the university agreed with him.

So, for the past week and a half, Dan Hawkins, Dr. James Bezjian and Dr. Sarah Imam have been hard at work 3D printing six medical masks a day to be donated to the Medical University of South Carolina.

This culminated Monday in the first drop-off of masks to MUSC.

But this effort is only getting started and is already growing exponentially.

A Citadel student, West Courtney, heard about the initiative and started making phone calls to see if others could help.

The results speak for themselves.

“In about a week, we were able to take this from one school with four 3D printers, to a statewide initiative,” said Courtney.

That initiative started with Coastal Carolina University agreeing to utilize its printers to help and culminated in the entire South Carolina Commission of Higher Education committing all public universities to help make masks.

And printing these masks has meant more than just safety to the people who started the program.

“It kept my anxiety way down in this time. I think I would be a mess if I didn’t feel like I was contributing and this feels very much like something with doing,” said Hawkins.

You can also help in the effort if you have a 3D printer of your own by printing them out, assembling them and donating them to local healthcare workers. This can be done by going to this link on the MUSC website.

Officials at The Citadel also asked for donations of HEPA filters, like those used in vacuums, if you have any.

But regardless of how big the initiative gets, the printers at The Citadel will be making masks.

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Citadel working to address both present and future medical mask shortages Mon, 30 Mar 2020 21:58:58 +0000 In response to COVID-19, three Citadel professors are working on a new design for an N95 medical mask while also printing pre-approved masks for MUSC.]]>

Photo (left to right): James Bezjian, Ph.D., Sarah Imam, M.D., and Daniel Hawkins

In response to COVID-19, three Citadel professors are working on a new design for an N95 medical mask.

With a closed campus, and full access to the 3D printers in The Citadel Makerspace, James Bezjian, Ph.D., Daniel Hawkins and Sarah Imam, M.D., are working together to come up with the new design.

Together, they bring expertise in medicine, 3D printing and 3D scanning.

James Bezjian, Daniel Hawkins and Sarah Imam designing their mask in The Citadel Makerspace

Bezjian is a professor of entrepreneurship and the director of the Innovation Lab in the Baker School of Business. Hawkins is an Academic Technology Librarian who also serves as the faculty advisor for the student Makerspace Club. Imam is a professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, and she is also responsible for the establishment of The Citadel’s globally recognized healthcare study abroad program to Lithuania.

Once the new mask is printed and assembled, it will be sent to MUSC and submitted for approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

However — while waiting on their mask design to be approved — the team is not just sitting around waiting.

Right now, The Citadel’s 3D printers are being used to produce MUSC-designed masks that already received emergency approval from the FDA.

It’s important to have as many 3D printers working as possible, because each mask takes about 10 hours to print.

A 3D printer in The Citadel Makerspace

“We saw a real need in our community and knew our technology and skill sets combined could address it,” said Bezjian. “We have purchased NinjaFlex filament and will print our design for MUSC, once approved. The mask will be flexible, reusable and be a one-piece component with HEPA filters. Printing as many masks as possible was a way we could help our community in a critical time of need.”

The Citadel team started printing the masks for MUSC on Thursday, March 26.

Recently, along with some students, Bezjian digitally preserved military items at North Carolina’s Army Airborne & Special Forces Museum using 3D scanning technology.

The Citadel Makerspace is an innovative emerging technologies lab run by the Daniel Library. When the campus is open, The Citadel Makerspace is available to all Citadel students, faculty and staff.