OSUM engineering gets a boost

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Published by The Marion Star, Monday, September 24, 2012 
Written by Kurt Moore

MARION - Richard Wallace and his wife Marilyn met while students at The Ohio State University at Lima.

Their son, Darrell Wallace, director of Youngstown State University's Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiatives, studied under Ohio State engineering professor Gary Maul.

The couple and their son are now giving back.

The Wallaces donated $10,000 to The Ohio State University at Marion, where Maul is now teaching, to pay for a Mojo 3D printer. Rather than printing on paper, the 3D printer prints professional three- dimensional models.

It uses a technology called Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling to print concept models, prototypes and product mockups using ivory thermoplastic.

Maul said it's part of a new concept called additive manufacturing, which makes three-dimensional solid objects from a digital model by laying down layers of material.

"It prints it just like you would print a piece of paper," he said. "Let's say you were going to have a new product. You could produce the parts, get a good feel for what the product would feel like."

Richard and Marilyn, members of the Ohio State University President's Club, received income from university-owned insurance policies, which they said the university decided to cash out. They were asked where they would like to direct the funds.

"The logical choice was here," Richard said.

Marilyn said Darrell studied under Maul for two years while pursuing his doctorate degree.

"He got some really good education," she said.

The couple had moved to Marion in 1983. They said they wanted to benefit the engineering program and spoke about how much technology has changed.

"This kind of automation was a fairy tale 10 years ago," Richard said.

Marilyn said they believe there's an increasing need for engineers.

"If we don't grow our own, who will grow them for us?" she asked.

Marilyn said they were thrilled to help locally.

The printer will be used by a growing engineering program that, starting this year, will let students study for two years before they continue pursuing their engineering degrees at the main Columbus campus. It also follows with plans to boost what is available on regional campuses as Ohio State's main campus becomes more selective and more students get their start on the regional campuses.

"We are re-engineering what these campuses are," said David Claborn, Ohio State Marion's director of community relations and development.

The Marion campus is also home to two Motoman SK-6 industrial robots donated by RobotWorx, which located in Marion while Claborn led Marion CAN DO!

On a bigger scale, Ohio State Marion continues to raise money to build a new science building on campus. There are other hopes, though not yet approved by Ohio State.

"Residence halls are our next big challenge," Claborn said. "We are trying to make that case."

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