As 3D printing and manufacturing become more mainstream in manufacturing and other industries there is now a growing need to for students to layer on new techniques to their education.
Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis which has been teaching and training manufacturing students for over 100 years is teaming with an industry pioneer to place greater emphasis on the new technology.
Dunwoody is partnering with Stratasys Ltd, a provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions based in Eden Prairie and Rehovot, Israel, to add to Dunwoody's curriculum.
"I see additive manufacturing as an essential partner to the traditional manufacturing process," said E. J. Daigle, dean of Dunwoody's robotics and manufacturing department in the schools press release. "Not only do we want to give our students the tools to intertwine both, but we saw a need for buisnesses in the industry to further their education."
The technology is being adopted by everybody from automobile to medical device manufacturers who use the machines to quickly build and test prototypes or for custom manufacturing.
Dunwoody will use a Fortus 400mc and two Fortus 250mc machines, both models made by Stratasys. The Fortus 400mc can use up to 11 thermoplastics to build layer-by-layer designs in a 16 in. X 14 in. X 16 in. build space. The smaller Fortus 250mc machines can build designs in multiple colors in a 10 in. X 10 in. X 12 in. build space.
Jesse Roitenberg, education manager for Stratasys, said in the release "Manufacturers are in need of a trained and talented workforce that is up-to-date on how additive manufacturing can enhance traditional processes, and this partnership will begin that evolution in training."