92Y Design Lab
The 92Y in Manhattan wanted to offer a 15 week after-school program on design thinking that would incorporate the newest tools in the maker movement. Along with a 3D printer, the D.I.Wire was integral to the course as students learned to take ideas from concept through the process of prototyping, testing and iteration.
The First Robotics Team
In the fall of 2013, after the launch of the DIWire Kickstarter, Elliot Owens, a senior at Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, CA, contacted Pensa Labs to present us with the opportunity to sponsor the their team in the FIRST Robotics Competition. It would be the first year the Crystal Springs Uplands School would be competing.
Riverpoint Academy, a high school located in Washington State known for its interdisciplinary, project-based STEM curriculum, added a D.I.Wire to their makerspace shop in 2015. A desktop wire bender was something new to the Riverpoint Academy learning space, and at first, students were unaware of the capabilities such a small machine could have.
Mark Prommel, partner and design director at Pensa, became inspired to design the D.I.Wire clock when he saw the strength of the D.I.Wire being able to create precise, repeated shapes. He began thinking about designs that take advantage of creating forms using single lines and wanted the lines of the object to become integral to the structure of the piece.
At Wentworth, we spent time talking to Professor Simon Williamson from the Industrial Design Department. Professor Williamson has made extensive use of their D.I.Wire in his design courses. He sees the machine as a tool for teaching iteration and exploration.