Students participate in 3-D printing demonstration

Pictured with students: Nathan Patterson, President of Radiant Fabrication and Nate Schumacher, leader of hardware and electronics development for the company’s Lionhead printer and scanner.

Pictured with students: Nathan Patterson, President of Radiant Fabrication and Nate Schumacher, leader of hardware and electronics development for the company’s Lionhead printer and scanner.

Last week Nathan Patterson and Nate Schumacher from Radiant Fabrication, based in Fitchburg, WI, demonstrated their 3D printer & scanner, and 3D modeling software, for fifth and sixth grade students at the middle school.

Teachers Nancy O’Brion and Anne Tredinnick invited the two from Radiant into their Computer Literacy classes to show students how this new technology works.  Students formed objects using Play-Doh and watched the 3D printer re-create the object into an identical, yet smaller, version. Students also used the 3D modeling software to create interesting pictures of 3D sculptures that could have been turned into real 3D models made of plastic.

According to Radiant’s website, the company developed the Lionhead  to offer faster print speeds, improved software, and a streamlined user experience making 3D printing accessible to non-technical consumers. More information about Radiant Fabrication and its technology can be found at http://www.radiantfabrication.com.          

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