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Practical Experience

A 3d printed dust buster and other various parts.
“3D printing allows students to iterate quickly, and learn the skills needed to prototype their designs.”
Alex Zosuls, Boston University

Real-world applications.

3d Printer lab.

Tools for success.

Instructors are careful to let the teams work independently, treating it as if it were a job. “If they were at a company, no one would be grading their homework,” said Zosuls. “There’s no one solution to the client’s problem. By not pushing them to one solution, they get to be more creative.” “Design experience, learning and creating something, and having that fail and then redesigning it and creating it again, teaches you the ins and outs of using different types of manufacturing processes,” said Kara Mogenson, laboratory supervisor at EPIC. The results of the class have empowered students and yielded innovative designs. “When you give undergraduate students professional tools, they achieve professional results,” said Fine. “We want them to be great professional engineers, and the sooner we give them professional tools, the sooner they achieve that goal.”
Boston University uses 3D printers to allow students to iterate quickly, and learn the skills needed to prototype their designs for various challenges.
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