Students at ACS Egham International School in Surrey, U.K, are trying their hand at some interesting 3D printing projects. The Design and Technology department installed a Stratasys Objet24 3D Printer in the summer of 2012. Three staff members were trained to use the equipment and have since made the 3D printing technology available to classes across the Middle School, for children aged 11-14, and the High School, for 14-18-year-olds.
"We want to open up the world of rapid prototyping to as many students as possible," says Mr. Belcher, from the Design and Technology department.
The 3D Printer was first used by Grade 8 students to design and print components for a robotic design assignment. Belcher enthuses, "Having a 3D printer in the school is fantastic for projects like these because the children can let their imagination run free in their designs. They're not confined by difficulties with production. Whatever geometry they can come up with in their design can be reproduced with 3D printing and we can see if the design works in the real world."
Grade 10 pupils have 3D printed molds and positive objects for jewelry design projects and also highly detailed pieces for board games.
The Objet24 3D Printer is featured in the school's popular and expanding Design Technology IB Diploma course, where students focus on the use of CAD software and CAM equipment to produce functioning prototypes.
ACS Egham purchased the Stratasys Objet24 through UK distributor Tri-Tech3D. Tim Smith, Sales Manager at Tri-Tech, comments, "It's fantastic to see the depth and breadth of the 3D printing projects at Egham school. The students really seem to be getting the most out of the fine detail, accuracy and versatility of the models printing with the printer."