Ever wondered what an industrial 3D printer looks like? You know, the ones that are used to make airplane parts? Well, here you go
3D printing corporation Stratasys announced yesterday a partnership with the STEM Inc. unit of Science Centre Singapore to run programmes aimed at educating primary, secondary and junior college students about the technology.
STEM Inc. works to bring applied learning practices to schools and the programme integrates working professionals so kids can learn from their expertise.
The programmes are in cooperation with four primary and secondary schools as well as a host of junior colleges that participated in the pilot programme held earlier in 2015.
The pilot programme was a two-day workshop that let students design and build their own 3D products in a ‘competition’ setting.
For example, primary school students were asked to build boats, secondary school students designed glider airplanes and the junior-college participants built the plastic connectors to design bridges.
One goal is to show them to think of organic engineering designs. For example, using curvatures to create something akin to a gramophone.
According to Chief Executive of Science Center Singapore Lim Tit Meng, 3D technology has seen dramatic improvements recently and it is time to implement the technology into a student’s view of engineering.
“Partnering with an industry leader such as Stratasys enables students to gain early access to this new cutting edge technology and to equip themselves with better skills, so as to contribute to real-world STEM industries in the future,” said Lim in an official statement.
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But, nobody at the event saw 3D printing as a disruptive force, rather one that can be used jointly
“People always ask, ‘when is this going to replace everything we know?’ [Stratasys’] response is that is never going to happen. We see a future where additive manufacturing and traditional manufacturing can co-exist,” said Ido Eylon, Stratasys General Manager for Southern Asia and Pacific at a press conference.
Stratasys is a major 3D printing corporation and has been working in the industry for over 25 years. Some of the implementations of Stratasys products include, building tools to help in factories, creating objects for cars and even creating products that are used in airplanes.
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