I just found out that the College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has recently acquired a brand new Objet30 desktop 3D printer.
The desktop 3D printer, which creates functional prototypes from a range of 5 different build materials, will be used by students of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department to turn their paper-based drawings and CAD designs into real parts and prototypes.
3D printing is really taking off in schools and universities. That's because there's no better way to help students understand the fundamentals of good design than by giving them a prototype of their own to hold and evaluate.
A 3D printer in educational institutions helps to:
- Attract, engage and retain student attention
- Enhance learning and creativity
- Improve design intent and validation, and
- Help prepare students for real world careers in Engineering, Design and Architecture
Currently, Objet 3D printers are being used in a number of the world's top universities including: