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Saturday, May 6 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
CNC Craft: Teaching Applied Math with a Router FILLING

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A CNC router can be an intimidating machine and and controlling them can be a little more challenging than 3D printers. Yet there are also many benefits, in particular students have to think in more detail about the control, leading to many interesting mathematical and engineering questions, and the materials that can be used (wood and even metal) can be very satisfying. In this talk I will discuss the courses I have taught to an interdisciplinary group of students (ranging from architecture to math and CS through Philosophy, English and Social work). As well as the technical aspects of controlling the machine I will discuss how the focus helped develop a wide range of thinking and discussions between the students varying expertise. Details on the most recent course and the student work can be found here: https://news.uark.edu/articles/37103/honors-college-showcases-math-craft

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Edmund Harriss

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
Mathematician, Artist, Teacher, Maker, I work to corrupt people into mathematical thinking and experiences through toys, colouring images, and more. I have written CAMel a Rhino/Grasshopper plugin to make the control of CNC machines more direct.

Saturday May 6, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Meeting Room A