Engineering Inside:

2015 Issue 2

3D Printing

3D Printing for Your Health
May 2015

Imagine you live in an area of the world where doctors don’t have access to modern medical equipment. Imagine you needed a prosthesis or implant to improve your life and your ability to work. With access to a 3D printer and free, open source designs, the quality of available healthcare in your area could change vastly.Read More

IEEE Spark Has Been Discontinued

Following a strategic review by IEEE of its education activities, it has been decided to discontinue IEEE Spark. Previous issues of IEEE Spark will remain available until the end of 2017. Visitors can also continue to take advantage of IEEE’s other pre-university education resources including ( and IEEE (

Meet Dr. Scott Hollister!

May 2015

Dr. Scott Hollister is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he directs the Scaffold Tissue Engineering Group (STEG).
Dr. Hollister and his collaborators have designed and developed a variety of medical devices utilizing 3D printing, an area in which he has worked for 17 years, publishing his first paper in 1997. Read More

Print a 3D Map

May 2015

In this activity, you will use the same method used by slicing software in 3D printing to break an object of your choosing into layers. With the data you collect about each layer, you will “print” a topographical map-style model of the object, laying down layer by layer of material, just like a 3D printer. You will be “printing” a three-dimensional topographical map.Read More

Upgrade Envy

See what the Spark crew is up to!

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IEEE Spark Challenge

Think you know IEEE Spark? Test your knowledge of engineering, computing and technology with the IEEE Spark Challenge! Answer questions correctly to help your team move to the top of the leaderboard.

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3D Print at Your Library!

3D printing can put the power of production into the hands of individuals. But until the arrival of affordable home printers, there are programs through libraries, schools, and camps, that can help you access and learn about 3D printers.

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Rock Stars of 3D Printing

The IEEE Computer Society hosts a series of “Rock Star” events, highlighting new technology and presenting a panel of some of the major figures in the featured field.

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