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Students are set for success following 3D printing workshop

On Monday 9 January, UTC Reading Product Design students took part in a 3D printing workshop run by Jon Brydges from Creat3D.

Jon began the session with the Year 11, 12 and 13 students explaining the background to 3D printing, including when it was discovered. Students learnt about how 3D printing is used in many big companies today, including Rolls Royce and Formula 1 where it is used for printing car parts.

The range of materials used for 3D printing was also explored, ranging from plastics and metals to wood, paper and Kevlar.

Jon taught the students the basics of 3D printing and how to set up and use the printers in UTC Reading’s 3D printing suite. Stephanie Mitchell, UTC Reading’s Director of Industry Relations, commented: “We are extremely grateful to Jon for coming into the UTC to run this session. The students will now be able to work independently and confidently in our 3D printing suite, using the printers in their coursework projects for prototyping and modelling their designs.”

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