New Technology at WT

After months of hard work, there's new technology at WT that will allow more opportunity for current and future Buffs.

If you can draw it, you can build it." that's a popular saying for a group of current and former mechanical engineering design students at WT.

Juan Ramirez, one of the five students behind the project says these 2 new 3D printers will give the engineering department more ability to prototype.

He tells us, "last semester's project was building a 3D hand, but they had to out source their prototype into an other company.  So bringing these 3D printers to the department will better increase prototyping for any project here that the department wanted to do because it's on site and you'll get it the same day or the next day, depending on the size of the build."

3D printing is a form of printing that creates solid three dimensional objects one layer at a time, to make everything from key chains to body parts.

Ramirez shows us something they built and says, "it's pretty rigid and it's only at 20% fill.  It takes about 35 minutes to get one." 

The director of the school of engineering and computer science says a goal of these semester projects is for students to be able to use creative design and 3D modeling, in conjunction with printers, so they can leave class with physical evidence of their learning.

Ramirez says, "we actually put them into these machines and then we can actually hold them and see them.  The stuff on paper is actually applicable to stuff in the real world."

He tells us he's hoping he and the other students have developed a project that will have a lasting impact for the school of engineering and computer sciences. 

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