Stratasys 3D Printers for Education
Pathfinder Regional Technical High School in Palmer, Massachusetts wanted to incorporate 3D printing into its curriculum while making the technology easy to access for all students. With the Stratasys F170 and GrabCAD Print, the school was quickly able to integrate easy-to-use professional 3D printing into the classroom. WHAT THE STUDENTS ARE MAKING Justin Bren is a CAD instructor at Pathfinder Tech who runs the school’s print shop. He teaches students how to model parts using SOLIDWORKS and helps them find creative ways to build their creations through 3D printing. Bren likes his students to learn through working in a hands-on environment. “And when they’re done working on assigned work, they venture off and try and create their own things,” Bren said. “I’ve got some students who are modeling creatures from their video games, some students modeling toys or robot parts, stuff like 3D printing a ring and pinion so they can put a rear axle on their robot.” The robotics team that Bren mentors is also run out of the school’s CAD shop, so he encourages students to be creative when iterating and advancing their designs. ““I had one student who I 3D printed a ball joint for to show them how it works,” Bren said. “Then he made his own, then he made his own upper and lower A-frames, then he made his own spindle. We 3D printed it all and put it together.” A “PHENOMENAL” CREATION MACHINE Bren’s students use the Stratasys F170 printer in a variety of ways: to create complicated assemblies, intricate models like figurines, and even 3D printing nut and bolt blanks using a machinists’ handbook then a tap and die set on the 3D printed blanks to form threads. “I absolutely love the Stratasys F170. That printer’s phenomenal. It’s got excellent quality and the speed is great. The models we need can be done in an hour and a half,” Bren said. “Other things that we’ll print on the F170 are very complicated models that some of the students come up with, like the characters in their video games. They don’t really come out so good on the other printers, because they don’t have the water soluble support material. That’s really opened up a lot of possibilities for the students to create a lot of these intricate designs that we otherwise wouldn’t have a way of getting the support material out.” BENEFITS OF USING GRABCAD PRINT While Bren’s students might be using their Stratasys F170 to print some pretty complex models and designs, when it comes to using GrabCAD Print most of them seem to have no problem learning the easy-to-use software. “GrabCAD Print is very intuitive. I’d say it takes me less than 3 minutes to show them how to use it and they’re off and running,” Bren said. “I really like showing the students how to set up their trays and orient their models. With the orientation tool you can go in and punch in that you want to rotate the model 1-degree on […]
AET Labs is delighted to announce MIT superstar, entrepreneur, and champion of women in STEM, Shreya Dave as our headliner for this year’s Dig it. Fab it. Make it. MIT “2018 Innovator Under 35” and Via Separations CEO and co-founder, Ms. Dave will share her path to entrepreneurship and inspire us with her genuine passion and contagious enthusiasm for research, design and engineering. On a mission to change the profile of energy use in the production of commodities on a global scale, Dave earned acclaim in 2017 when MIT-powered venture firm The Engine selected Via Separations start-up as one of only seven initial investments to back out of 500+ pitches. She and her co-founder developed a materials technology for industrial separation processes that use 10 times less energy than traditional methods. This revolutionary membrane straining technique has the potential to save as much energy as taking all the cars and trucks off the roads in the U. S. every year! Learn more about the innovative manufacturing process in the video below. When not sporting a lab coat, Shreya’s busy supporting and inspiring the next generation of female engineers through her featured guest video series on Career Girls, a website founded on the dream that every girl around the world should have access to diverse and accomplished women role models to learn from their experiences and discover their own path to empowerment. We hope you will join us on May 17th at WPI from 9:00 – 2:00 to hear more from this dynamic young woman and share this special day of innovation and exploration with the New England STEM community. Click here to learn more or to register for Dig it. Fab it. Make it. 2019. Click here for a look back at Dig it. Fab it. Make it. 2018.
AET Labs is delighted to announce the return of Dig it. Fab it. Make it. for 2019. Educators from across New England are invited to join AET Labs and our co-hosts Stratasys and GrabCAD on May 17th from 9:00 – 2:00 for this year’s Fab Lab & Makerspace Expo for Education at WPI. We have the utmost respect and admiration for you, our fearless STEM education leaders, and delight in giving back just a bit each spring with this fun, complimentary day of of professional development. If you’ve never attended Dig it. Fab it. Make it., then you’re in for a treat! We pair the hottest digital fabrication technology for the classroom with some of the sharpest minds in education alongside a group of ridiculously-bright and talented students for this very special day of STEM innovation, exploration and networking. Back by popular demand this year is our round-table panel and Q&A featuring a fabulous lineup of trailblazing New England STEM instructors. They’ll be sharing their best tips, practices and insights for successfully implementing digital fabrication tools into the classroom to enhance the learning experience for all. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement regarding this year’s panel and distinguished keynote speaker! Spots are still open for students to enter the regional Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. Students will again present and compete on-site at WPI as individuals and teams for the chance to bring home a MakerBot 3D printer along with serious bragging rights and some very cool swag. In keeping with our new tradition, we’ll again be awarding a second MakerBot 3D Printer to one lucky educator! Will it be you? Click here for details or to register. Click here for a look back at Dig it. Fab it. Make it. 2018. Read more about the New England Extreme Redesign Challenge.