Undergrad Mycala Nichols Awarded First Prize in Research Symposium | Kent State University

Undergrad Mycala Nichols Awarded First Prize in Research Symposium

The fourth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held on March 21, 2017 at Kent State University and boasted the largest turnout yet, with nearly 250 students presenting their work.  The School of Art is proud to announce that Mycala Nichols, senior B.F.A. student in the Jewelry/Metals/Enameling program, received a first place award and a $200 cash prize for her presentation and research on 3D printing in the Art and Fashion category.  The symposium saw participation from this category nearly double over last year, and its 33 entries topped all other categories.

Nichols used the new ARTech Studio at the Center for the Visual Arts to create her 3D printed piece with the “Rhinoceros” 3D modeling program.  She used the program to design CAD (computer-aided design) models for rings she would later cast in gold using the lost-wax process.  She printed her design on the 3D resin printer, which allows for a great deal of precision and detail for her jewelry. 

When asked about the process, Nichols said,” After the piece has been printed in resin, I invest the model to use the lost-wax process to create a mold that I then can flow molten gold into.” Her PowerPoint presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium addressed “the use of CAD and how it allows for precise measurements that allow stones to be set easily as well as the resin printer accommodating that precision. Prior to the resin printer, it was incredible difficult to create something with so much detail,” she said.

After receiving one of five first-place awards in the Art and Fashion category, Nichols is preparing for her senior thesis exhibition on April 21, which includes the work she presented during the symposium.  Join us at the Center for the Visual Arts for the BFA Gala from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. to celebrate Mycala’s achievements and artwork along with seventeen other students’ final BFA shows.