ACRE 3D Printing: Milca Mendez


I feel privileged and honored to have been able to take part in such an amazing program such as the ACRE program. I had a great time learning about dentistry and 3D printing, while also learning more about myself. In the months leading up to my ACRE I was so excited, and looking back to such a great summer now I know why. The ACRE program is the perfect combination of independent research with collaboration. Though I was able to design my ACRE and map out my goals, I knew I had a great support system to help me and answer any questions. For this reason, I think that anyone who is considering the possibility of doing an ACRE should approach a faculty member and look into the program.

I always enjoyed art as well as biology, in particular anatomy. However, I never really thought how the two could fuse. My ACRE has helped me learn that as I recently read, a dentist is part dentist, engineer, and artist. With my ACRE I was able to experience this. Not only will my research help me as a future dentist and contribute to advancements in the field, but my ACRE has also allowed me to enter my synthesis piece in an art exhibit. Whether my Maxillary Brooch is accepted in the show or not I am very proud of what I have created. I am very excited to see what the future has in store for me. However, one thing is for certain I will treasure what I have learned and be forever grateful for such a marvelous summer.

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  • albrightelcdc  On September 19, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Wow–love the brooch! It’s so different to view it up far away and then up close. I hope it’s accepted into the show!

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