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Art + Tech: Four Lessons for Obtaining and Using Tech in Art Classes

December 23, 2014
1. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. When I saw the Makerbot 3-D printer, my mind immediately began whirring with ideas of how I could use it in my art classes.  The printers are expensive—thousands of dollars that I didn’t have for my classes.  When I first proposed the addition of 3-D printing to the art department, I hit the bureaucratic wall often found in public institutions, and it looked as if my plan was destined to fail.  However, I was determined. I wrote a letter to an Austin-based company,  AGS-3D,  explaining our goals and how we would incorporate the technology into...