Would you trust the stability of that cup of coffee you grab for the road to a 12-year old? You would if that middle-schooler had an assignment from Peter Grimm, an industrial technology teacher at Southview Middle School in Edina, MN.
Grimm challenges his eighth and seventh grade pre-engineering students to find a solution for the problem of ill-fitting cup holders in older vehicles. By incorporating the educational power of 3D printing, students’ creative ideas are easily brought from a CAD drawing to a three-dimensional working model via n-house rapid prototyping technology.
It's an economical, shared resource that supports the school’s commitment to twentieth century literacy. “At around 120 pounds, Dimension’s uPrintTM Personal 3D Printer is easy for a few people to lift, which allows us to transport it easily between two middle schools. A competitor’s smallest model weighed nearly 80 pounds more,” said Grimm.
“uPrint has really helped bring kids into the engineering lab,” Grimm added. Read more about middle school's 3D printer success.