3D Printing mobile hero for Fullerton

PRINT A SOLAR LEAF IN 3 HOURS

CSU FULLERTON

 

What: A 3D-printed smart solar “tree" that can be plugged into any home outlet to generate power to the home grid and reduce energy bills. The trees also provide a low-cost solar energy option for low-income and disadvantaged communities in California.

Who: Fifteen CSUF undergraduate and graduate students led by assistant professor of mechanical engineering Dr. Sagil James, professor of computer engineering Dr. Kiran George and assistant professor of computer engineering Dr. Rakeshkumar Mahto.

Material: Third-generation flexible thin-film organic solar cells affixed to a tree made of PLA

Time to Print: Two to three hours per leaf

Lesson: “With this project, students learn advanced manufacturing simulation software required to successfully perform the job of an entry-level engineer in today's high-tech industries," says Dr. James, adding that “as 3D printing technology becomes more popular, it could offer solutions to the product needs of the world's le​ss fortunate population. It promises to revolutionize developing nations and positively affect millions of lives."


HOMES FOR THE MAKERS
Check out these other creative spaces around the CSU.
 

CSU LONG BEACH INNOVATION LAB

This interdisciplinary design facility provides students and faculty access to 3D printers, laser cutters, digital scanners and specialized software.

Visit the I-Space
 

SONOMA STATE MAKERSPACE

SSU students, faculty and staff can explore digital fabrication, prototyping and a wide range of technologies.

Check out Makerspace
 

CSU BAKERSFIELD FAB LAB

Open to students and the public, this fabrication lab houses machines such as laser cutters, 3D printers, vinyl cutters and more.

Go to the Fab Lab
 

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