Additive Camp 2016 is off and running!

Our second additive manufacturing camp for high school juniors and seniors got off to a hot (as in 98°) start on Sunday, June 12, with orientation and a nice dinner in the Tally Student Center ballroom. Monday morning things got down to business.

Dr. Ola Harrysson, the camp leader and co-director of CAMAL, gave campers an overall view of how 3D printing has developed over the years; nobody knows how that’s occurred better than he does. That was followed by a detailed look at the CAD related “slicing” process that is a fundamental part of how 3D models are turned in to usable information for 3D equipment. Freshly minted Dr. Harshad Srinivasan was the leader of that segment. Then it was off to Tally for lunch.

Right after lunch campers got right into learning Solidworks®, the 3D modeling software we and many others use to start the design process. ISE undergrad student Logan Freebourn led the session, aided by newly NCSU graduated Charles Melvin, NCSU undergrads Tyler Shiviak and Taylor Wilt. All involved did a great job; each camper produced a design in Solidworks® which was then sent to our 3D Systems Projet© printer for overnight printing. See campers in action, below:

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Camp’s off and running. We’ll see what the finished products look like tomorrow.

Prepared by Steve Walker