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May 23, 2013

Career center gets $15K grant

Money to be used for 3D printer.

LOGANSPORT — Students at the Century Career Center will be able to print out 3D models of their drawings next fall due to a $15,000 state grant.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced Tuesday the career center was one of the recipients of the 2013 Technology Resource Grants. James Little, director of the career center, said the money will be used to purchase a 3D solid model printer.

Little said he wrote the grant specifically for the printer because of the increasing use of printers in industry.

“It’ll give us a piece of technology that most schools don’t have,” Little said.

The 3D solid model printer will be able to print out solid objects that are designed by students. For example, Little said you could draw a cup, and the printer would print out a 3D cup.

“It’s pretty amazing technology,” Little said.  

Little said the printer would be primarily used in engineering and design classes.

Tony Maple, who teaches computer-aided design and three engineering classes, said the printer will be very useful when his students design a train engine as part of the class. By printing out a model of the engine, he said they’ll be able to examine all the errors and successes more closely.

“They can see how it actually is going to look,” Maple said.

Little said part of the reason he wrote the grant for the printer was because he believed the center may be able to partner with local companies who often need 3D models.

The printer will be purchased over the summer so that it can be used when classes start in August, Little said.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or caitlin.huston@pharostribune.com.

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