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Thursday, 24 April 2014 08:33

New course at MHC provides opportunity to use 3D printer

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Student Jade Greenwald stands besides the 3-D printer. Student Jade Greenwald stands besides the 3-D printer.

Starting in May 2014, Medicine Hat College instructor James Kuehn will provide the public an opportunity to learn the basics of 3D printing.

 

The new continuing studies course is targeted to non-technical people who are interested in designing and printing a simple 3D object.
The projects will be printed in a high strength plastic, comparable to Lego, using MHC’s Stratasys Fortus 3D printer.
“The college is excited to have this state-of-the-art technology on campus, and we want to share it with the community,” said Erin Ferris, program administrator. “There are a lot of popular and mainstream ways to utilize it. It’s not just for the medical or architectural field - there’s an art capacity to it as well.”
Ferris explains the technology can be utilized to create statues, jewelry, accessories for cameras and even help take an idea or concept to a tangible prototype.
The course structure is flexible and based on the needs of his students.
“I will give an in-class demonstration of 3D software and provide an overview of the different price-points for materials and software. There will be time for individuals to work with the software and I will help guide them through the design process.”
The two day course will run on Saturdays, May 3 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room B208. Registration is $299 plus GST; to register or for more information visit www.mhc.ab.ca.

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