Veronica Spencer
Engineer, Designer, and Maker

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This is the future, but we've had it for years.

Hello, internet. I'm a Masters' candidate at a school renowned for its innovation and technical prowess, and I am clairvoyant - at least in regards to technology trends and development. […] We're the earliest of the early adopters (for better or worse), and our research ends up in those little shareable videos with cute music that show up on your Facebook news feed... 6 months to 2 years after we’ve finished designing it.

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Mission: Embossable (Legacy)

This is a legacy post, pulled from the old, decrepit archives of my very first blog - thesleepyengineer.wordpress.com. Given that I still get questions about embossing powder, I figured that I should pull the content over to this one. Original post date July 9, 2015.

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Iteration, Schmiteration: Capstone Trophies

We've all been there. You look at your project - presumably 5 minutes before the deadline - and say something along the lines of, "Well, it isn't perfect, but at least it's done". It's never until you take 5 steps back from the final result that you realize all of the quick, easy decisions that could have drastically improved your final deliverable. Fortunately, as the Capstone TA, I had the chance - nay, the privilege - to iterate upon one of my past projects. This semester, I made 140 of the revised Capstone Design trophies to be distributed at the Spring 2018 Capstone Design Expo on April 24th.

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3D Printing in Engineering Curriculum: Work Lazier, Not Smarter

Unlimited access to 3D printing and filament doesn't guarantee better engineers or designers, in much the same way that unlimited access to a well-stocked kitchen doesn't make you an expert chef. Much like the chef, student engineers need to have some training or instruction to set them on the right path of design. This knowledge is what allows students to read and interpret their recipes. They also need to be cognizant of the resources at their disposal, and how those resources fit into their design/recipe. There is no shortcut for competency.

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