When the COVID-19 pandemic hit South Carolina in March of 2019, the BSB Innovation Lab sprang into action. With students gone and equipment sitting idle, we realized through discussions with the Medical University of SC that the hospital was in dire need of PPE (N95 standard) for their surgeons, nurses, and personnel. MUSC had developed a prototype that could be created on a 3D printer but they lacked the resources to produce them in large enough quantities. The Citadel immediately saw the need, and using the labs students who were now scattered across South Carolina and the greater US, we assembled a grass roots coalition to scale up their design and provide the critical PPE for them to carry out their duties while protecting themselves and others.
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In the spring of 2018 and 2019, members of the lab were invited to Ft Bragg for several days to help them with a 3D scanning project. In spring of 2018, students were given an opportunity to 3D scan the rotor to the Blackhawk helicopter “Super 61”. This helicopter was featured and made famous in the movie Blackhawk Down. Students spent several hours scanning the rotor and then countless hours stitching the images together in 3D animated Software. Their results were incredible!
In January of 2018, the Baker School of Business Innovation Lab formalized a partnership with the Charleston Museum. The Lab would train students on the use of portable 3D scanning and archive technology and we would assist the museum with archiving by sending students to illustrate to museum patrons how this technology can enhance and change multiple areas of academic and professional studies.
The University of St Andrews, Bridges Collection
In December of 2017, Dr. James Bezjian was invited to the University of St Andrews to help train students in 3D scanning and digital archiving of antiquities. Additionally, he worked with Professor Rebecca Sweetman helping to archive the extensive Bridges Collection. The Bridges Collection is a group of Byzantine Antiquities donated to the university.