Students marvel at 3D printer

FROM tea lights to iPhone cases, there's little this 3D printer can't make.

The machine is being trialled at Holy Spirit College before it becomes a permanent part of the graphics curriculum at the school next year.

Holy Spirit College systems administrator Julie Ward said she had been enjoying making a range of items during the trial and error process on the machine they recently purchased.

"I made an intricate egg, which took eight hours to make," she said.

"You can see inside the plastic is quite thick.

Brooke Adams, graphics teacher Peter Mallet, Jordan Franks and Cody Mallet with the 3D printer at Holy Spirit College.
Brooke Adams, graphics teacher Peter Mallet, Jordan Franks and Cody Mallet with the 3D printer at Holy Spirit College. Michaela Harlow

Ms Ward said the process was quite simple.

"What they do is through AutoCAD they create their 3D model," she said.

"Then they export it to what's called a STL and then we print it.

"The program is smart enough as it builds the entire framework."

The school currently has two machines.

"I'm very impressed with it and the affordability of it - it's so cheap," Ms Ward said.

"I ordered a pink role of plastic too.

"You can get ones that are transparent and can change colours as it's a heating process."

Graphics teacher Peter Mallett said a few classes would be able to use the machine.

"Technology design could use it too," Mr Mallett said. "You can design something and use it, like phone cases."

Year 11 and 12 students are expected to use the machine next year as a part of their studies at the school.

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