Dunwoody College of Technology has started embracing 3D printing as one their educational tools. Since it was founded in 1914, Dunwoody has had the vision to provide a rigorous, industry-focused technical education. 3D printing is the next step in achieving their goal.
The professors worried that their engineering and design students were more focused on “personal craftmanship” over actual “design and engineering.” Not only does additive manufacturing provide a streamlined educational experience, but it also gives them the ability to create models with “more complex geometry and curves, because they are not limited to what they can do with subtractive methods and hand tools.” Now, students can focus on the subject, rather than how they’ll make their handmade prototype.
Dunwoody wanted a printer that met their standards, was easy to use, and gave professional results. “Speed, reliability and economy” serve as other important factors, as the printer would be used by many students on a daily basis.
To meet these standards, Dunwoody brought in a Stratasys F370 3D printer. The F370 is an easy-to-operate printer, with a variety of materials available. “Before, we were limited to only ABS, but now we can print in ASA, in color, or use the fast and cheap PLA,” said Alex Wong, the Engineering, Drafting and Design Instructor. “The ability to choose the material to match the project requirements is great.”
Additive gives students hands on skills employers are looking for. Stratasys printers are used in every industry. A student who has experience using them gains competitive workforce advantage over those who don’t. At Dunwoody, 3D printing is more than a tool to experiment with; it’s an experience that gives students the problem-solving skills needed to make them invaluable assets on the job market.
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