Purchased with a Student Research Grant from the New Mexico Water Resources and Research Institute, a new LULZBot TAZ 3D printer is installed in the Aggie Innovation Space. The NM WRRI grant has supported the design and development of a novel hydropower harvester capable of harvesting energy from Weir-flow systems. Our objective is to fabricate a functional prototype that will tested in the NMSU Hydraulics laboratory.
The 3D printer was officially placed into service on September 6, 2016 with a traditional Hindu prayer named Ayudha Puja, which asks for the blessings from Goddess Saraswathi that our objectives will be met and all the tools of our trade will operate reliably and successfully. Dr. Ram Prasad performed a brief ceremony by reciting a Sanskrit verse and ringing of a bell to arouse the significance of the prayer to an audience comprising Henna Uppalapati, EE Graduate Student, Jesus Villegas Carnero, AIS Student Mentor, Alec Gray, Intern from Centennial High School, and Professor Nguyen Huu Phuc, Vietnam Education Foundation Fellow from Vietnam, in residence at New Mexico State University.