The Art of Learning

June event: 3D printing and pavement chalking

The academies Engineering and Applied Science have two birthday events in store this month in honor of 20 years Zuyd University. Engineering organizes a workshop 3D printing while Applied Science invites everyone within Zuyd to work with chalk. 

Print a charpy

During the 3D printing workshop on 21 June, thirteen participants went to the Innovation Lab of Engineering in Heerlen to print a so-called 'charpy'. These printed test bars of PLA (a sustainable alternative for plastic) were tested at the end of the workshop to see how strong and flexible the material is. A nice prize was awarded to the participant with the strongest 'charpy'. All participants also received a 3D printed keychain as a gift. This can also be used as a bottle opener.  

The twentieth atom

Applied Science also asked all students and employees of Zuyd to work with pavement chalk. Why pavement chalk? Chalk consists largely of calcium and let that be the twentieth atom in the 'periodic table' (a table with the numbering of all chemical elements). For Applied Science, it was only logical to do something with calcium to celebrate Zuyd's 20th anniversary.  Below you can find some examples of the produced pieces of 'chalk art'.