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Cutting edge technology shown at School of Mines

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By Barrett Phillips

 

The hot topic at the School of Mines Wednesday for National Day of Making was 3D printers.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) students got to experiment with 3D doodlers, 3D scanners and 3D printers at the 3D Expo. A competition also took place to see who could make the fastest miniature wind turbine.

Joshua Hammell, event organizer and doctoral student at the School of Mines; and his research team awarded prizes to the top three students with the fastest speeds. Hammell said these devices signify a change in the way people think.  "I think it's really related to a shift in design thinking. So, with the onset of new technologies there's a change in the way people are thinking and the tools their using," Hammell said.

GEAR UP student Jacob Martin said just the opportunity to go to an event and see cutting edge technology like this could be life changing.   "I think it will have a pretty big impact on what I would do if I wanted to do something like this. It will help me a lot in knowing what to do when I go to college," Martin said.

There were 100 high school GEAR UP students at this year's expo.

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