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Future Engineers and Architects are getting inspired with 3D printing
Small things are a big deal when you’re in high school. Will that talented CAD student be inspired and become an engineer or architect? Or will she find classwork irrelevant?
One US high school is inspiring its students. While young students across the country are creating designs exclusively on computer screens, the architectural AutoCAD students of Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas, are bringing their designs to life with Mcor 3D printing.
Lee Instructor Adam Truncale says,“3D printing brings the digital CAD drawing out of the computer and into real, tangible space. These students are exceptional spatial thinkers, so they very much appreciate the opportunity to hold in their hands something they’ve conceived in their brains and shaped in the software. This is how great ideas are born, how future engineers are engaged, and how a wealth of products will be created in decades to come.”
Lee students are using an Mcor Matrix 300+ 3D printer to create mechanical parts, architectural models and other products, like 3D signs. And they sure are learning! When they create interlocking gears, for example, they learn about design, gear ratios, 3D printing and 3D printers. When they create architectural models, they discover strengths and weaknesses that may have been hidden in their 3D software.
Says Truncale, “3D printing is in the headlines every day and for good reason. A device like the Mcor Matrix could be in everyone’s home in a few years. Either way, it’s important that smart, creative, ambitious high school students like mine get immersed in technologies like this so they can fully participate in the broader engineering community, and better prepare for advanced educational programs and careers.”
Truncale has observed that 3D printing has made students more agile in their 3D thinking. As they master the hardware and software, they assume greater responsibility for production and even help train Lee faculty members across other disciplines, such as art, science and history.
The Mcor Matrix is ideal for schools and universities because of its low operating cost, safe operation and eco-friendly process. No build material is more affordable and widely available than paper. And since models are paper fused by a non-toxic water-based adhesive, they can be simply dropped into any recycling bin after use.
Because the machine doesn’t emit any fumes, noise or generate dangerous heat, it’s one of the only 3D printers suitable for a school or office environment. Others are relegated to a climate-controlled, dust-free environment.
Since they’re made of paper, Mcor Matrix models are easy to mark up with a pen or pencil as they’re passed around a table. An Mcor model can be drilled, tapped, sanded, shaved down or sawn into pieces.
“Students have only one shot at getting high school right, and the ones who invest themselves into their studies are the ones with the best chance at success in years to come,” says Truncale. “Mcor 3D printing technologies are helping us engage these students early in a meaningful way so they can go on to create their own opportunities – and make the most of them.”
Lee High School is supported by Mcor Certified Reseller Lab Resources.