The PA Coordinator and Career Pathways Coaches attended a 3D Printer demonstration on February 15 at the Mercer County Career Center. Paul Koontz and Brian Haskell from HITech, Inc. demonstrated the MakerBot, a desktop-sized 3D printer that has the capability of producing plastic objects including: iPhone cases, chess pieces, bracelets, and much more.
“Three-dimensional printers are a great way to get young people interested in manufacturing,” said Rebecca Moder, PA Pathways Coordinator. “Students can create their own design using software – some available as apps on their phones – upload it into the printer and, depending on the size and intricacy of their design, have their idea produced in less time than it takes to watch a movie.”
To explore a wide variety of the things people create for 3D printers, you can visit www.thingiverse.com