FAIRFIELD – Kennebec Valley Community College has announced that registration is open for the 3D Printing Series, which equips interns with a free Apple iPad, Apple Pencil and Flashforge 3D printer. Popular with schools, libraries and community centers, the course begins on July 9. It introduces students to user-friendly 3D software and design and provides three CEUs. Training is free for Maine Workforce Development Compact members.
“The course is taught online in three weeks,” said instructor Stephen LaRochelle. “Students learn how to use and troubleshoot their printer, they learn about free software options, and they are introduced to 3D modeling and design. It is structured so that educators can bring it back to their classrooms to increase exposure to STEAM education and engage learners in emerging technologies and additive manufacturing. »
Once only seen as an option for prototyping, 3D printing technology has transformed production technology, advancing important industries such as automotive, aviation, construction, consumer products and healthcare. Additive manufacturing benefits businesses by reducing inventory, increasing product life, reducing component costs and improving the supply chain. Acumen Research and Consulting forecasts the global 3D printing market to reach $41 billion by 2026.
“Having a 3D printer in the classroom or workplace allows students and employees to quickly prototype and build custom one-offs,” LaRochelle said. He had students design and print fishing lures and drone housings. Recently a farmer created a distributor plate for a hand seeder that is no longer manufactured.
The 3D print series costs $1,200, but can be funded by a grant from the Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce. Employers can access funding by becoming members of the Maine Workforce Development Compact. To pre-register for the course, go to https://kvcc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cw2GFyUUxciHFNs or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To become a member of the Compact, go to https://www.mccs.me.edu/workforce-training/maine-workforce-development-compact/ or email email@example.com.
Kennebec Valley Community College is one of seven community colleges operating under the authority of the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees, located on a seventy-acre campus in Fairfield, Maine. KVCC offers the lowest tuition in New England, with tuition rates set at $96 per credit hour for Maine residents. There are several financial aid options available to prospective and current students, including scholarships, grants, loans, work-study programs, and more.