In early August 2015, Professor John Seefeldt of Loyola University New Orleans plugged in his new Battery Backup Power, Inc. uninterruptible power supplies for use with the University’s multiple LulzBot TAZ 5 3D printers. The Battery Backup Power, Inc. units provide automatic backup power and voltage correction for 3D printers. They are designed to handle the inrush current created by the 3D printer upon startup unlike computer UPS systems. Combining a Battery Backup Power, Inc. UPS with a 3D printer has been coined as “resilient 3D printing” in social media circles like FaceBook since the printer keeps working when everything else stops during a power outage.
Professor Seefeldt knows what he is doing when it comes to Art, Design, and 3D technology with his impressive educational background and multiple authored publications (see below). Students under him learn how to use 3D printing technology at the University as well as overcome real-world issues employers making use of 3D printers run into; like power outages. Loyola University also took advantage of the “Educational Institution Discount” granted to schools and colleges by Battery Backup Power, Inc.
Rewind to the Super Bowl 2013 black out as an example of one of the most publicized power grid failures. Although viewers of Super Bowl 2013 may have seen the power outage only as an inconvenience, business owners in the middle of fabrication or additive manufacturing processes lost time, money, material, and sensitive electronic components when it occurred. Unfortunately, Entergy New Orleans has been consistently criticized for unreliable power. Enter Battery Backup Power, Inc and “resilient 3D printing”.
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John Edward Seefeldt
Assistant Professor Of Interactive And New Media
Loyola University of New Orleans
-Electronic Multi Media
-Computer Based Imaging
-Interactive Design Narrative 1 & 2
-Elements Time Narrative
John Seefeldt Studios
John Seefeldt Education and Experience
Loyola University New Orleans College of Art + Design