Exone end to end binder jetting service

Students Create 3D Printed Zero Gravity Scale, Mixer, & More at AET’s Extreme Challenge Event

INTAMSYS industrial 3d printing

Share this Article

3D printed zero gravity scale (left) and zero gravity mixer (right)

3D printed zero gravity scale (left) and zero gravity mixer (right)

It really bothers me when I hear anyone questioning the benefits of bringing 3D printing into our educational systems. There is so much potential out there when the students who make up tomorrow’s workforce are introduced to a technology that undoubtedly will play a crucial role in the future of manufacturing, medicine, and robotics, among other things. 3D printing will have a future in just about all industries, and school-aged children and adolescents should be provided with the educational tools needed to succeed in this upcoming reality.

AET Labs (Advanced Educational Technologies) gets it, and so does Stratasys. Recently the two companies showcased just what 3D printing can do when it gets in the hands of the right students. As part of the Extreme Redesign Challenge, which is an international competition where students are asked to take and modify an existing design and make it better, several very unique and intuitive innovations were born.

“What we [AET Labs] are doing here in the New England area is creating a regional semifinals to acknowledge all the students and the great work they’ve done,” explains Dave Kempskie, President of AET Labs. “This regional event brings the students together, making it a more intimate event, and we award prizes to the top finalists. The participation this year has increased by rate of about 30% — with over 50 submissions. We have a good representation of schools throughout the New England area — Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.”

aet1

With so many entrants, it was certainly difficult for judges to choose the winners. Coming in first place was a student from Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, MA, named Thomas M. He participated in the HUNCH program (High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware) to develop and 3D print a zero gravity scale that can measure the mass of objects in outer space, using centrifugal force in order to simulate Earth’s gravity. Printed on a Stratasys 3D printer, it was quite the masterpiece.

The runner up was another HUNCH Program participant named Josh F., also from Tri-County Regional Vocational School. He developed a zero gravity mixer that allows for the mixing of multiple materials in zero gravity conditions.

aet-shovelAs for second place, two students from Tantasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge, MA, named Ryan and Sam, took home the prize. They developed a snow shovel aimed at making the difficult winter-time process of shoveling snow much easier, while also preventing users from developing back problems. The handle, which was 3D printed, is completely adjustable to account for left or right handedness, as well as for the height of its user.

There were many other creations fabricated using 3D printing technology as well, including ski pole hooks, an intuitive 3D printed puzzle, a track spike key for screwing spikes into shoes, an engineers’ block, and more.

In all, there were many incredible creations, fabricated mostly with 3D printing technology. Let us know what you think about these creations as well as your take on introducting students to the benefits of 3D printing, in the AET Labs forum thread on 3DPB.com.  Check out some more of these designs below.

aet-mixer

aet-engineers-block

aet-ski-hooks

aet-puzzle

aet-trackspike

aet2

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing Service Hubs Appoints New CEO, Alex Cappy

Morf3D Invests in 12-Laser Metal 3D Printer from SLM Solutions



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Featured

First Large-Format 3D Printer Unveiled by Azul 3D

After a good deal of research and development, followed by funding and the arrangement of its advisory board, Azul 3D has finally launched its first commercial 3D printer. A first-of-its-kind...

Startup Accelerator, Singapore: Desalination, Diet Supplements, and Space 3D Printing

In this fourth installment of Singapore Startups, we’re looking at startup firms from Singapore. Will the tiny nation become an epicentre for 3D printing? What is actually happening in Singapore...

Hug the Panda, Part 6: What China Needs to Make a Jet Engine

Of all the things in the world, there are probably only three things that China can not make: wide-body commercial aircraft, world class aero engines, and latest generation EUV chip...

B9Creations Launches Silicone Material for 3D Printing Jewelry Molds

Global 3D printing solutions provider B9Creations prides itself on promising up front just what it can deliver, and what it’s offering now could impact the jewelry industry. The company, which...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.