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Students show off 3D designs, share dinner at fourth annual RamenFest

Alexis Eichelberger | Apr 16, 2018

Students show off 3D designs, share dinner at fourth annual RamenFest

Alexis Eichelberger | Apr 16, 2018

Dozens of Ohio University students, faculty and staff gathered in the Academic & Research Center on Thursday to snack, socialize and see engineering and technology students’ 3D printed designs at the Russ College’s fourth annual RamenFest.

The event featured a competition for student designs of chopstick rests printed using 3D printing technology, while attendees made their own ramen with a bevy of authentic treats, including Japanese candy for dessert.

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Monica Burdick organized the first event with a colleague after being inspired by his extravagant, homemade ramen lunches. Her goal was to connect students by sharing a meal, but the chopsticks contest was a natural addition.

“It has to do with connecting over food, and maybe seeing some people that they normally wouldn’t want to hang out with,” she said. “It also helps people see that we have some pretty fantastic 3D printing capabilities, and you can bring engineering into anything.”

This year’s competitors made chopsticks rests in all shapes and forms, from a panda bear to OHIO-themed objects, and attendees voted for which they thought was best. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, an event co-host, awarded the top three designs with cash prizes – $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $25 for third place, for a $200 total donation.

Sophomore engineering technology and management student Allie Gabbard earned second place for her design, which was shaped like a real ramen stand, complete with two tiny bowls and stools. She said she spent approximately four hours carefully drawing and designing it, before 3D printing and gluing each small piece together to create the final product.

“When I first got into it, I wasn’t really trying to win – I just wanted to do something different,” Gabbard said. “But I think everybody took a different perspective on the project in general.”

The event was co-sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Department of Engineering Technology and Management, the Office of Multicultural Experiences, the Ohio University Society of Manufacturing Engineers student chapter and engineering honorary Tau Beta Pi.