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How can you teach students the skills need they may need for the future workforce while engaging them in fun activities? Studies show there is a widening gap between additive manufacturing (AM) skillsets needed on the job and the number of workers who can apply them. As 3D printing becomes more common, an emphasis on student-focused events is crucial to educate the future workforce on new technologies.
SkillsUSA is an organization that teaches students from middle school to college the value of hard work, dedication and collaboration. SkillsUSA advocates for student education within the 3D printing industry, helping to minimize the skills gap. The organization includes over 350,000 members from across the country who are passionate about networking with others while refining their trade, technical and leadership skills. At the SkillsUSA TECHSPO event and trade show, hosted in Louisville, KY, on June 26th through the 28th, is an event Stratasys has sponsored for the last XX years, students are able to practice their creativity by competing in challenges within different AM centered industries. In addition to TECHSPO, over 6,000 students who have competed in SkillsUSA competitions at the state level will be taking part in the SkillsUSA National Leadership Skills Conference . The students will get the chance to learn from professionals through hands-on experiences.
Each year, Stratasys engineers present a new contest for those students who qualify to compete in the 3D printing competition. To keep the contest fun, exciting, and fair, the guidelines are not presented until the beginning of the competition. The creativity and dedication of the contestants show the students’ passion to learn more about additive manufacturing concepts and techniques.
Additionally, during this year’s contest, Stratasys will be showcasing the Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator, which produces high-volume and high-quality parts with speed and efficiency. Live demos will be held at the event beginning at 12:30pm on June 26th – 28th. If you are interested in attending a demonstrations at SkillsUSA, please sign up here.
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The motivation was to support an awesome Kākāpō bird project. The real Kākāpō is endangered, once considered extinct, and this LEGO tribute was promoted on Twitter by astronomer turned conservation biologist Dr Andrew Digby @takapodigs; Kākāpō and Takahē Scientist for the New Zealand Department of Conservation.
I’ve followed him since seeing his presentation at the NZ Skeptics Conference (2016) about a career/life change that went from creating/using telescope sensors to detect planets around other stars to chasing giant endangered parrots around the most remote parts of New Zealand in an effort to save them!
If you have heard of Kākāpō at all it was probably thanks to Sirocco. He rocketed to fame in 2009 after his encounter with zoologist Mark Carwardine became a YouTube sensation. Carwardine was filming the BBC documentary Last Chance to See with British actor Stephen Fry. Footage showed a rather frisky Sirocco attempting to mate with Carwardine’s head as Fry laughed from the sidelines.
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Additive manufacturing has become a useful and important technology across many industries. Unfortunately, there is a widening gap between additive manufacturing (AM) technology and the number of workers who have the necessary skills needed to implement it. The workforce that is in place is quickly aging out of market, and the future workforce will continue to need these valuable, additive ready skills. To bridge this gap, there needs to be a change in college curriculum surrounding additive manufacturing, ensuring that students will be AM workforce ready upon graduation.
Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been working to improve their students’ education within additive manufacturing starting with their CAD/ MET (Mechanical Engineering Training) program. The coursework lasts two years and is designed to prepare students for tangible workforce outcomes, such as obtaining entry-level mechanical engineering technician positions after graduation. Students take courses in a broad variety of engineering disciplines such as design, fabrication, and machining and the curriculum focuses on applied engineering concepts and a variety of CAD and design classes, with a capstone class rounding out the training in the students’ last semester of the five semester program. Kirkwood is constantly updating the curriculum and making revisions in order to help students stay up-to-date with industry relevant skills.A 3D printed bike accessory design produced in Kristie McKibben’s CAD/MET program by students at Kirkwood Community College, for a GrabCAD challenge.
Kristie McKibben, the professor who teaches the CAD/MET program at Kirkwoood, works hard to make sure her students are ready to jump into workforce by the end of the time they graduate. She does that by ensuring students have access to the tools industry uses. This year she invested in her students with the purchase of a Stratasys F370. This tool gave student’s access to technology industry is using and materials that are engineering grade and enabled them to work on design challenges and group projects that build workforce ready applicable skills they can utilize right after graduation. In some cases, the students are able to partner with local businesses and entrepreneurs to solve real-world challenges that put their newly developed AM skills to use. Kristie said, “One way to be able to check the fit, form and looks of a design is through 3D printing. Without 3D printing, the design process would stop at the initial design.” The printers are able to give students awesome experience with bringing additive manufacturing concepts to life. Given that students are able to 3D print their designs, they are able to see the physical result and are able to make changes as they see fit, iterating as they go, growing their designs from concept to form.
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Note: Associate consultant and DfAM expert Olaf Diegel authored the following.
Over the past three decades, the bulk of research in additive manufacturing has largely focused on AM processes and materials. In the last three years, organizations have begun to appreciate the importance of design for additive manufacturing (DfAM). Funding agencies are increasingly supporting DfAM, and companies are asking for courses on the subject. Over the past 12 months, I have given more than 20 DfAM courses for companies wanting to deepen their knowledge and understanding.
When a part is designed for conventional manufacturing, it is usually more expensive to produce by AM in typical production quantities. This is largely because AM processes are relatively slow compared to conventional methods of manufacturing. However, when a part is redesigned for AM, costs can be competitive or even lower, depending on quantities. Research for Wohlers Report 2018 revealed that 46% of the cost of a metal part is tied to pre- and post-processing. A large part of this cost often involves the production and removal of the support structures, also referred to as anchors. A well-designed part can greatly reduce the need for this support material, which dramatically reduces cost.
Good methods of DfAM can add value to products by making them substantially lighter in weight and enhancing performance using topology optimization, generative design, and lattice structures. Conventionally manufactured products made up of many simple parts can be redesigned to consolidate the assembly into a single part. This reduces part numbers, inventory, and assembly costs. Using methods of mass-customization, products can conform to the individual needs of customers without substantially increasing cost. Knowing how and when to use these techniques require designers and engineers to learn how to design for AM.
One of the biggest barriers to the widespread adoption of AM is the lack of knowledge and skills among the design and engineering workforce. Only through DfAM education, training, and best practices will we see significant progress toward the use of AM for production applications. Some organizations are beginning to understand its importance, but a vast amount of work is ahead.
Editor’s note: Wohlers Associates is conducting a three-day course on DfAM in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with Olaf Diegel as lead instructor. Click here to learn more.
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When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Jasmax, Parnell, Auckland
Please join us from 5.30pm:
• 6:00pm : Welcome and Introduction
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Jasmax will be presenting on their use of Dynamo in Revit. From automating tasks that will save valuable time on projects, to running model audits to ensure that company best-practices are being applied. The presentation will include an overview of the software, how to set it up in a big practice, real-time use of scripts, challenges being faced and some tips for those who want to get started with Dynamo.
• 7.00pm: Wrap up – Tips, Tricks & Open Forum
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