At Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, students are hard at work becoming tomorrow’s aerospace engineers. The institution’s College of Engineering emphasizes precision in aircraft and spacecraft design, according to laboratory manager Chris Smith.
But once students had perfected a CAD design and were ready to test what they’d created, they had to hand carve models from mahogany or rely on offsite machinists to make models by hand. The school needed a cost-effective way for students to create their own precise 3D prototypes on campus.
After trying a 3D printer with less-than-durable output, Smith knew his students needed tough, smooth models to withstand fit and wind-tunnel testing. He opted for a Dimension 3D Printer, which builds parts in durable thermoplastics. “ABS material is ideal for this sort of precision,” Smith said.
For students, the gains are intellectual as well as tangible. Smith says the technology stimulates students to use CAD more effectively. That ultimately benefits not just the learners, but future air travelers as well.
Read the whole story of how Dimension 3D Printing became essential at Embry Riddle.