On Monday December 10th, Diman Regional Technical Vocational High School made history, becoming the first secondary school in the United States equipped with its own in-house 3D metal printing system. Made by Burlington-based innovator Desktop Metal, this machine will allow students to make and test parts which are otherwise costly and time-consuming using traditional manufacturing methods.
“Metal 3D printers have been around for about 20 years, and this is the first time one of them is being installed in a high school.”, said Desktop Metal CEO and founder Ric Fulop at Monday’s ribbon cutting ceremony.
“It’s really great to see this technology provided to students so they can really learn how to leverage this new technology for the next generation and really keep Massachusetts at the forefront,” Fulop told the crowd of students, instructors, business and community leaders.
The future of AM is here! Our CEO @RicFulop joins Diman RVT High School staff, students and VIPs for the installation of the country’s first metal 3D printing system at a secondary school- @Dimanbengals #additivemanufacturing #printthefuture #3dprinting pic.twitter.com/x6SuaeF33d
— Desktop Metal (@DesktopMetal) December 12, 2018
Diman Regional Technical Vocational High School was able to purchase the $164,000 3D printer with funding from the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program, spearheaded by Gov. Charlie Baker. This initiative has aimed to increase the impact and quality of vocational education in the region by providing necessary funding to buy and install equipment.
AET Labs is proud to have had a hand in adding this game-changing new tool to Diman’s advanced manufacturing program. Eager to add this cutting-edge tech to your school? Click here to learn more
— AET Labs (@AETLabs) December 10, 2018