Brace Yourself — 3-D Technology Helps Sea Turtle Thrive

Posted On: December 8, 2017

Birch Aquarium teams up with the UC San Diego Library’s Digital Media Lab to 3-D print a brace for its Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Birch Aquarium has teamed up with the Library’s Digital Media Lab to create what is believed to be the first 3-D-printed brace for a sea turtle’s shell.

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle was rescued from a New Jersey power plant in 2013 with a large gap in the bottom right part of her shell. This gap, along with an abnormal curve of her spine and paralysis of her back flippers, is likely due to trauma experienced in the wild before she was rescued.

When she arrived at Birch Aquarium in 2014, the juvenile Loggerhead Sea Turtle weighed just 74.5 pounds. She has since thrived, gaining more than 130 pounds.

“That growth has really exacerbated her condition. Without our intervention, the sea turtle could have gastro-intestinal and urogenital systems complications,” said Jenn Nero Moffatt, senior director of animal care, science and conservation for the aquarium. “We teamed up with the Digital Media Lab at Geisel Library to create a brace that will prevent the shell from curving further downward and will promote more normal growth. It’s our goal to prevent further complications and keep her as healthy and happy as possible.”  Read more…

Are You a Techie? Join Us for the Digital Media Lab Open House!

Posted On: September 14, 2017

The Digital Media Lab (DML) is an exciting high-tech space where you can use 3D printers, edit videos, build apps, get assistance with multimedia projects, and much more!

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Digital Media Lab Open House on Tuesday, October 10 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in Geisel Library’s East Commons (2nd Floor).

Get up to speed on the latest technology tools at the Digital Media Lab, and learn how its free resources and services can support you!

The Digital Media Lab offers: 

  • Free 3D printing for all UC San Diego affiliates
  • Virtual reality equipment including:
    • 2 HTC Vive Headsets
    • 2 Oculus Rift Headsets
    • 360 Video Cameras
  • Augmented reality projects in Unity and Vuforia
  • Research consultations for simple part production and 3D visualizations
  • High-end workstations for media editing
  • Knowledgeable staff to assist in media creation and editing projects

For more information about the Digital Media Lab, click here. For questions or concerns, contact Scott McAvoy at smcavoy@ucsd.edu.

 

Enhancements to the Tech Lending Program

Posted On: May 5, 2017

The Learning Spaces Program has added six “GorillaPods” to its Tech Lending Program.  These smartphone tripods have bendable, gripping legs so they can be attached to a variety of surfaces at any angle, or used as a simple tripod.  Two versions are available, to accommodate any size of smartphone.  Simply do a Roger keyword search for GorillaPod or Smartphone Tripod to check availability.

Firefly Smart Mirror – Student Startup Supported by DML

Posted On: March 11, 2017

A few months back we lent our 3D printers and expertise to a group of students working on a smart mirror design. It’s just now hit Kickstarter and looks pretty cool.

If you’re a UCSD student and have a startup idea, check out the Digital  Media Lab. We can help you create prototypes and media free of charge.

Contact us at dmltech@ucsd.edu for questions

Categories: Digital Media Lab

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