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ERIC Number: EJ916635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1062-9351
Get Students Excited--3D Printing Brings Designs to Life
Lacey, Gary
Tech Directions, v70 n2 p17-19 Sep 2010
Students in technology education programs from middle school through high school around the nation are benefiting from--and enjoying--hands-on experience in mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, materials processing, basic electronics, robotics, industrial manufacturing, and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-focused areas through the addition of 3D printers, such as the inexpensive, but versatile and differentiated, RapManUSA. 3D printing is an additive manufacturing technology in which a three-dimensional object is formed by adding layers of material. Projects that involve 3D printing both educate and motivate technology students. They teach students processes used in today's industry for product design and manufacturing. And through them, students of differing skill and grade levels can work together toward a common goal. David Atwood, a technology teacher at Exeter (NH) High School, states that teaching the steps involved in modern manufacturing via rapid-prototyping is a great overview of the engineering disciplines. Rapid-prototyping allows product designers and developers to quickly transform a computer-based model into a three-dimensional physical object. Experience with rapid-prototyping kindles students' interest in engineering and other STEM fields.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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