so, my physics professor approached me the other day with an idea to integrate 3d printers into the thermodynamics portion of the class. the idea is to come up with some good thermo problems to solve involving the printer that would be doable for a 2nd or 3rd year engineering major. so give me that thing you allways wanted hard data and calculation on, but never had the time to run the calculations or collect the data.
for your information the universiy that I go to has access to two printers currently, a Kittaz that I bought and built, and an old prusa i3 (with some modifications). there will be about 25 minions to work on your problems and your problem will most likely be rephrased as it will go through the prof. we do not currently have access to a thermal camera, BUT given a good enough reason I bet I could convince the guys over a FLIR (who work in the same complex as the University I go to, OIT ForTheWin) to loan us one.
so submit away! the crazier the better, but normal busy work is very good too.