The College has recently acquired six new 3D printers which Engineering students have been using for the last three weeks.
The printers were purchased by the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering after the initial success of a trial printer purchased in 2012 as part of a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Enhancement Grant.
Engineering students across all year levels have had the opportunity to use the technology which is being used to teach the students about engineering, design and prototyping.
Students were able to design what their printers made, with models of an enabled toilet (for disabled users), a toothpaste dispenser, components for boats and remote controlled ground vehicle platforms being printed to submit to support assessment tasks.
First year engineering lecturer Jeremy Smith said the students were excited to have the opportunity to use the technology as part of their classes, and that “one student said it was the highlight of Uni so far.”