Hey! My name is Patrick Friedman, and I am a Makerspace Specialist at UNT’s The Spark. I am a Junior Computer Science major at the University. Stemming from a young age, I knew that I always wanted to be an engineer. I enjoyed learning about computers and software. I had to learn to problem solve early on as my family constantly installed viruses and malware on the family desktop.
I have always liked creating and building. In school, I looked forward to working with computers and electronics. I have been in a woodshop and metal shop since they piqued my interest. I learned how to weld and use power tools, while others were learning Speech or AP English.
The Spark is a great space to learn and bring our creativity to light. Recently, I have gotten into 3D modeling and rendering, and I have used blender primarily as it is a free, yet powerful software. Many game developers and professionals use it to animate and even create full movies.
Included are some renders of projects I have done. Above is an early and final picture of a low poly well. Low poly is a polygon mesh in 3D computer graphics that has a relatively small number of polygons. Low poly meshes occur in real-time applications like video games. The number of polygons in a mesh is an important factor to optimize performance but can give an undesirable appearance to the resulting graphics. Below is a more high-quality render I have made. It is a lightsaber I created in the same software.
The Spark is available for every UNT student who wants to create or just learn a new skill. I am excited to keep working and gain important skills in engineering so that I can use it in the future both professionally and personally.
Written By: P. Friedman