Rising STARS Awed By 3D Printing

Last month, our Rising STARS youth had the opportunity to engage in 3-Dimensional Print Technology where they used their imaginations to solve “real-life” scenarios. Over a dozen youth, ranging from ages 9 to 14, stood in amazement as industry experts Lee and Soji from Resin8 introduced this modern technology in a way that appealed to each of their career interests. An Italian building structure and a custom leg for an amputee are just a couple of the creations that were shared.

After the lesson, the youth were divided into small groups and given the challenge of creating their own 3D design. The classroom became intense as the teams huddled to brainstorm ideas of products to pitch to prospective companies. “There are opportunities to make things that no one in this city is making,” exclaimed one student. One group focused on cosmetology and came up with a 3D image of a personalized comb and comb holder. Another group came up with a more complex design, involving the scan of one of their heads to create a custom-fitted sports helmet. The youth were so mesmerized with creating the hands-on designs that “no one wanted to leave,” said Rising STARS Director Philip Drayden. “We ended up extending the class for an additional 30 minutes.”

“In our short time, the students were able to learn what 3D print technology is while using real-world examples,” explained Lee. “The class culminated with students identifying opportunities to use 3D print technology in the various fields, defining problem statements, and brainstorming design solutions and improvements.”

3D Print technology is a growing application in Manufacturing, Engineering, Healthcare, Architecture, and the Arts. The youth are looking forward to potentially participating in more 3D print classes this fall, where they can learn invaluable lessons in preparation for their future careers. “I can’t wait until next class, so I can learn how to 3D print with other materials beside plastics,” announced one participant. “I want to make custom helmets for football players and race car drivers,” said another participant.

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