3-D printing will be on display at 605 Made Holiday Market

Here’s a holiday gift you’ll be hard-pressed to find in any store: Christmas creations designed and printed with a 3-D printer.

Students from Southeast Technical Institute’s second-year rapid-prototyping class will show a 3-D printer at work and sell items they have designed and printed at the 605 Made Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the underground parking level of Cherapa Place.

Projects include a sleigh, train, nutcracker, desktop deer mount, Nerf crossbow and a “snowman with Mr. Potato Head capabilities,” said professor Johnnie Schroeder.

“My students really enjoy the printing, but their greatest thrill is being able to assemble and use the assemblies that they have designed.”

The students can use the skills as mechanical engineering technologists, he said, creating models and working drawings that are used by manufacturers to make products. 3-D printing is used to verify proof of concept at a physical level.

The items, along with 3-D-printed ornaments, will sell for $5 to $50. Money raised will be used for students to travel to the International Manufacturers Trade Show held biennially in Chicago.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to see the wide range of technologies used in the manufacturing industries,” Schroeder said.

3-D printing will be on display at 605 Made Holiday Market

Here’s a holiday gift you’ll be hard-pressed to find in any store: Christmas creations designed and printed with a 3-D printer.

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