May 21, 2024
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Laser Cut Mechanical Box from Diman Regional Technical High School

The Drafting program at Diman Regional Technical High School in Fall River, Massachusetts, leads the way in developing innovative programming with creative projects and cutting-edge equipment that give students real-world experiences and skills. Their lab has a range of equipment used in industry settings, including a Stratasys J55 3D printer and Fusion Edge Epilog laser system. They are also one of only two high schools in New England that offers their students a NOCTI-backed industry-recognized certification in Additive Manufacturing.

Their students have created many remarkable items, and this month, we're thrilled to feature a laser project that was showcased at the Future FocusEd CAD Engineering Teachers Summit.

STEM Project of the Month!

Diman Drafting instructor Daniel Pais worked with his students to create this mechanical puzzle box-style chest with a finish ply, some metal axles, and a few miscellaneous 3D-printed pieces.

This piece demonstrates a flat-pack style project. These projects typically involve designing and assembling 2D components that fit together in 3D without the need for screws or nails, promoting an understanding of engineering principles and spatial reasoning. You can see the tab and pocket joints holding the lid on and the box joints running down the edges of the chest. 

In addition to the flat pack style, this box also incorporates mechanical pieces. The linkages and gears are functional, requiring thoughtful design to be operational.

Well done!

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