IDEAS TO 3D PROTOTYPE
Submitted by: Shawn Wyble
Description: Computer-aided design is popular in manufacturing and construction to use drawings to create goods and buildings. The technology allows easy manipulation, modifications, and converts quickly between two and three dimensions. Computer-aided design software is used by professionals in several occupations. Types of CAD jobs include drafters, architects and engineers. A few years ago I began teaching students computer-aided design. Students made digital virtual models of buildings, gears, maps, vehicles, replacement parts, inventions, and more. They loved being able to digitally rotate their design on the computer screen to see it from every angle. Then the district bought one 3-D printer for each campus. I began using it with students right away. It was the perfect springboard for students to use with the CAD programs that I had been showing them. They were inspired when they could see their own virtual designs become 3D creations. They were amazed! They wanted to create more! Then came the realization that one printer is not enough. The students were creating designs, but the printer could not keep up with the demand. The students excitement turned to disappointment. To print small designs for just one class could take a month. With this grant I want to purchase a 3-D printer. I'm choosing a less expensive model recommended by our Tech Department in hopes that I can get a few more and have several printers working simultaneously. This printer is about 1/4 the cost of our previous printer. In this grant I have also included $100 for 5 spools of filament.