When 3D Systems acquired CAD/CAM specialist software companies, GibbsCAM and Cimatron, in February of this year, it provided a perfect addition to our growing theme of delivering a complete Digital Manufacturing Thread for designers, engineers, manufacturers and innovators to produce what they want, how they want.
For the last 7 years, Richmond County Schools' Jeff Epps and Chad Osborne have been doing what everyone said was impossible - teaching school kids to use 3D technologies. This summer, these teachers are doing it again by enabling students aged 8 - 18 to work with 3D medical data, and create 3D prints of the designs they have been making.
Using 3D design and engineering software from 3D Systems plus the Cube and CubePro 3D printers, 40 students across 2 weeks learned to work with 3D data in a medical context.
"With the skills these students are learning, we are helping them to become equipped for today's work environment with new technologies," said Jeff Epps. "We have been building a track record of sending graduates from Richmond County more and more into jobs directly out of school that take advantage of the 3D skills they have learned during these sessions."
You can see more on this topic at 3D Systems and view the video below.
See how 3D is making a difference in K-12 education. Learn how it can fit into everyday curriculum during Richmond County Schools’ 3D Open House, on Sept 28, 2013.
Traveling south on US Route 1 near my home in North Carloina I pass by Lake Jordan and experience the South in a way that very few have a chance to in today's fast-paced jet-fueled digitally networked life. Some might say rural, certainly not backwoods, but from any perspective it is a beautiful stretch of the original auto-route (c.1909) between Washington DC and Atlanta. Endless stretches of mown grass and tall southern pines. It's just one reason I moved here from the cement sprawl of Los Angeles four years ago. It turned out to be a much needed and cathartic detour from my daily chores in the office.
I had a place to be and a time to be there...I wouldn't have driven so far past my favorite fishing spot and a dozen golf courses if I didn't. It was made clear to me that this trip would be worth my time. The drive was nice...
It’s easy to think about 3D printing only in terms of the objects it actually creates. It’s easy to think it couldn’t possibly help kids get on the right track. But when you hear YouthQuest STEM instructor Tom Meeks talk, conventional thinking about the effect of 3D printing gets flipped on its head. In fact, says Meeks, 3D printing is changing lives.
by Josh O'Dell
James T. Kirk called space the final frontier for good reason. Who knows what awaits there, what resources exist, what little scientific nuggets lie waiting in a distant galaxy, what discoveries are yet to be made. Planetary Resources, a Seattle-based group of earthlings, is making strides to see just what space has in store. Their mission: to bring “the natural resources of space within humanity’s economic sphere of influence.” What does this mean? They’re finding ways to mine asteroids for valuable resources. And 3D Systems is strapping in for the ride, ready to boldly go…
By Emily Reif, Marketing Intern
Being far from proficient at CAD, let alone 3D scanning and printing, I was surprised they even let me use the Geomagic equipment. See, I’m an intern.
I was even more surprised when I produced something that not only resembled the original trinket I had scanned, but almost looked like something I would spend real money on. Maybe I’m a professional and I don’t even know it.
A couple of weeks ago we told you about an awesome summer 3D scanning workshop for high school students in North Carolina’s Richmond County Schools. “The Summer of Kainotomia 2013” is the brainchild of Jeff Epps, the district’s Director of Informational Technology.
This week the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children released four new 3D facial reconstructions of four murder victims, giving new life to a case that has stymied investigators for more than 27 years. The facial reconstructions were created in Geomagic Freeform, where Forensic Imaging Specialist Joe Mullins sculpted the victims’ features on top of skeletal CT scans.
We see stories of huge CAD installations at Fortune 500 manufacturers around the world. We get submersed in complex PLM stories with global design work processes being undertaken 24/7. But what we don’t often see is how small manufacturing shops are building their own futures by using CAD tools that revolutionize their production processes without costing a lot.