Third Dimension Technology

THE THIRD DIMENSION — (From left) Fredericksburg High School students Josh Hampton and Cade Ottmers wait as the FHS vocational program’s 3D printer produces its newest creation. The program uses the printer to help students learn more about technology and manufacturing. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

A tiny octopus, a trumpet mouthpiece, a cell phone casing, a rocket and a key ring holder with the letters FISD stenciled on it in a three-dimensional font.

They’re all red and plastic, but they also have something else in common. All were made using a 3D Machining Printer.

On Monday, Nov. 11, Fredericksburg High School (FHS) students gave a demonstration of the printer to members of the Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees.

A design was entered into the AutoCAD (computer-aided design) software program and then the 3D machine processed the digital model and “printed” it into a three-dimensional solid object.

Daniel Nguyen showed the crowd a rocket, about a foot and a half in length, designed and previously printed by fellow FHS Principles of Technology II aerospace engineering student Austin Walter. 

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