Watching young faces light up as they ponder over brilliant ideas at this year’s Inventors Week at Discovery Cube makes these past two weeks a rewarding experience for us all. From June 27, 2015 – July 12, 2015, Inventors Week attendees of all ages were able to explore, tinker, and build while learning about electronic and robotic principles.
In partnership with Discovery Cube Science Museum in Santa Ana, California, we were able to provide the community with an opportunity to see 3D printing in action. Unless you’re in the industry, or do some independent research, most of us are not really exposed to the 3D printing process. The term “printing” is often misleading, as many assume that it is like regular 2D printing and have not yet grasped the idea that 3D printing can lead to movable parts with zero assembling. Many people are unaware that 3D printing really carries some powerful capabilities that can be implemented across various applications. So when Discovery Cube asked if we would participate, there was no hesitation. Exposing and educating our future inventors and engineers to 3D printing is something the Purple Platypus team loves to get involved with.
At this year’s event, we featured a Stratasys Objet24 3D printer, a PolyJet technology which features high resolution. In addition, we had various 3D printed sample parts from both PolyJet and FDM technologies for our young inventor friends to touch, feel, and understand the differences of each.
If you missed the event, here is a recap of the Purple Platypus 3D printing experience, shared by Pilar Comparan, Discovery Cube’s Program Development Manager.