3D Printed Battle Tops

3D printer

Professor Chirag Variawa’s First Year Engineering class has been hard at work lately, preparing their final software-design project. The assignment involves creating 3D-printed spinning tops with varied designs, which will be battled against each other on Monday, November 24th. The creations include all kinds of interesting features, such as different centers of gravity or curved edges. The last top to remain spinning will be the winner.

In addition to Prof. Variawa’s class, three other First Year Engineering classes will be participating in the competition: Dr. Pfluger, Dr. Goldthwaite, and Dr. Whalen’s students are on board and ready for the battle. Much of the preparation has occurred in the First Year Engineering Learning and Innovation Center, located in 368 Snell.

The healthy dose of competition involved in this assignment encourages students to think about every detail of their creation, handling it from start to finish. The students then get to see their final project come to life right in front of their eyes.


Related Faculty: Richard Whalen, Courtney Pfluger