3D Printing at Mid
Mid’s CAD Program Adds 3D Printer for Leading Edge LearningStudents in Mid's Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) Program have the opportunity to gain experience with 3D printing and prototyping. At the Harrison Campus Technical Education Center’s 3D Printing Lab (8) 3D printers along with some other prototyping and product design equipment/technology are available. There are plans in place to add a 3D Printing Lab at the Morey Technical Education Center in Mt. Pleasant in the near future.
"With the addition of a 3D printer to our CAD Program at Mid, students are better able to visualize design concepts and physically test their designs, truly understanding why a part worked or why it didn't,” says Eric Sander, Mid Michigan College CAD Instructor. “This technology has really added a new learning dynamic for my students."
Manufacturing companies that would like a 3D model fabricated for a prototype part, can email the electronic file to Mid’s CADD Faculty, Eric Sander. With the assistance of the instructor, students import the file and generate a 3D printed prototype for the local company’s use.
“This is just another example of Mid partnering with local businesses in an effort to support our communities,” says Scott Govitz, Associate Vice President of Workforce & Economic Development. “We’re hoping that a number of area manufacturers looking to rapidly prototype new products and create custom-designed 3D printed parts now consider Mid Michigan College a first stop in this process.”
New Industry Partner Provides Cutting Edge Equipment!
Lyseon Additive Manufacturing has been a leader in the additive manufacturing sector since its inception in 2014. Lyseon has partnered with Mid to provide our students access to cutting-edge technology, allowing them to gain valuable experience in the entire additive manufacturing process. This partnership also provides an opportunity for Lyseon to implement their strategic initiative to pursue growth opportunities in the mid-Michigan region with the eventual goal of expanding their operations in the area.
New 3D Printing Industry-Recognized Certification!
The College has partnered with Stratasys, a global leader in 3D printing technology, and is now able to offer two new courses and a nationwide industry-recognized certification in professional 3D printing and additive manufacturing. This certification is available to those students who complete the CADD associate degree pathway. This certification will give graduates a competitive-edge in the employment market and essential skills that are relevant to the future of the industry. In addition, current CADD professionals in the area can complete the new courses and earn the certification as well.
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