Vienna High School Students Print in 3D


By Evie Allen
By Jared Roberts

VIENNA -- Vienna High school is harnessing some new technology. The school bought a 3D printer this year.

It's something you expect to see at a university. But the high school students in Vienna are getting a head start learning about the technology.

Watching the machine print out nuts and bolts is like watching something out of a movie.

"It blew me away. It's really crazy to watch it all happen it front of you," says senior Nick Myers.     

Vienna High School bought the 3D printer to help students stay up-to-date with the latest technology.      

"Soon it will be for educational purposes but right now we're just trying to see what it can do and what its limitations are," says senior Justin Tanner.

The students use a computer design program to create the items they want, then plug the information into the printer. It can make combs, bracelets, chains and even cartoon characters.

"It's definitely opened up a lot of ideas and imagination," says Myers.

The plastic used to make these items, comes in spools of assorted colors that resemble weed eater string. For printing, the string is melted and reshaped.

"It's like out of this world being able to actually use one. Something that you read about, something that you thought we were never going to be able to have and it's here," says Tanner.

The students have enjoyed creating and exploring the possibilities. But it's no toy. Through grants and donations the school invested $3,000 in the printer.

Every student is encouraged to use it to help with school work.

"We want more people to learn how to use it because this is becoming a bigger and bigger thing," says Myers.

The students believe this is the way of the future.

"Car manufacturers can manufacture their bodies from it. Tools can be made from it. I think this is going to be more relevant than we're right now thinking it will be.," explains Myers.

Vienna teachers say they plan to use the printer throughout the school's curriculum, especially for math, science and engineering classes.



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