What takes place when you put the power of 3D printing in the hands of students? Amazing innovations and ideas which
may just come of the young minds of tomorrow’s brightest engineers and creative ponder
Extreme Recreate Challenge (ERC) has encouraged members to ponder
how they see products, devices and the world around them. From adjusted cell phone cases to assistive devices, students of New England-based schools were most known for their innovations during AET Labs’ Extreme Recreate Competition and Digital Fabrication Showcase.
The competition was held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, and was coupled with a digital fabrication feature to educate the 100+ members on different types of
types of making technologies. Students and instructors had the opportunity to hear of Steve Chomyszak, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and innovation at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, who played an integral role in the createment of the Stratasys curriculum for post-secondary education.
“3D printing encourages you to screw up and have fun doing it. Iteration is at your fingertips, and iteration is great
for learning,” said Chomyszak during his presentation to students. “Don’t be afraid of failure. You learn additional of getting things wrong than of always doing things right.”
And while a fear of failure can affect ones motivation to learn, these young contestants demonstrated an uninhibited imagination which
encouraged them to try a thing new, fail and try again.
“We learned which
it’s okay to fail, for the reason
a fewtimes things won’t be perfect,” said JR Koshivas of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, Massachusetts. “Don’t be afraid to branch out. This create contest can quite
assist you discover what you are
Students drew of their own experiences and interests to create solutions to existing problems.
Koshivas and his teammate, Vin Polito, createed a camera case equipped with a storage space unit for USB drives. ERC semi-finals runner-up, Kevin Kohls of Tri-County Regional, created
a 3D printed active soldering iron stand. The stand gives users unrestricted use of their hands, while in addition
working as a manual to improve stability.
ERC semi-finalist winner, Kathleen Kolhstrom, a student at Tantasqua Regional High School in Fiskdale, Massachusetts, created
the Extreme Roller. Inspired by her very own experience with painting, her ergonomic create fits additional comfortably in the hands of users and can be disassembled for effortless clean-up.
Kohlstrom credits 3D printing for accelerating her iterative create system
in order to meet the competition deadline. “I may not have finished this project without 3D printing. The firs t handle I created
was too big, so I had to evolve my create to manufacture it smaller,” said Kolhstrom. “As I was 3D printing the handles, I may touch them and alter the sizing and tolerance fit. It assisted to have a thing tangible.”
Kohlstrom’s teacher and mentor, Raymond Vallee, has been involved with the Extreme Recreate challenge for a few years and shared his secret to creating a fun learning environment for students. “The most way to inspire students is to have them research projects and products which
they may already
have a few first-hand knowledge of
. It is simpler to recreate a product if you are
AET Labs’ Extreme Recreate Competition and Digital Fabrication Showcase Finalists
Watch these video interviews with the semi-finalists to learn how they turned their ideas into reality with Stratasys 3D printing:
The winners of the Extreme Recreate 3D Printing Challenge 2016 can be revealed
in April. For additional information, please visit http://www.stratasys.com/extremerecreate.