NORMAN — Kevin Blosser stood in the basement of Oklahoma Memorial Union Tuesday afternoon, turning a crescent wrench over and over in his hands.
“That's amazing to me,” he said, waving the wrench. “You could just print out this — a tool.”
The wrench had been made just a few hours before, using one of the 3-D printers in the University of Oklahoma's new One University storefront in the student union. The area, which opened last week, is equal parts university store and technology playground.
Blosser, 22, said he walked past the store and saw the 3-D printers inside and had to take a closer look. As he stood next to one of the machines nearby printing out a tiny model of the Eiffel Tower, Blosser said he was amazed by the possibilities the printers presented.
Those printers are one of the main draws at the store, said David Goodspeed, OU's campus stores engagement manager. The center, which is located in the space formerly occupied by OU's bookstore, has garnered several visitors in the week since it opened.
The space features several of OU's digital offerings, including 3-D printers, a collection of electronic textbooks and Google Liquid Galaxy, a hands-on digital exploration system. The site also includes touchable screens and several computers featuring Leap Motion, an interactive system that reads hand and finger movements.