Future Engineers Uses 3D Printing Challenges to Inspire Students

Posted on the MakerBot Media Center, December 4, 2017

Future Engineers is currently hosting its 6th national 3D printing challenge for K-12 students.  Together with technical assistance from NASA and the ASME Foundation, each semester they prompt young innovators to solve a space based challenge with a 3D printable design.

To celebrate the announcement of this year’s challenge, Future Engineers created a pop-up makerspace hosted at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA.  Working in the shadow of the retired Space Shuttle Discovery, students learned about why 3D printing is important to space exploration, and took home replicas of 3D printed tools that were printed on the International Space Station.

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A participant creates digital 3D models using Autodesk Tinkercad in the Two for the Crew Challenge at a pop-up makerspace held by Future Engineers, with support from NASA and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Chantilly, Virginia. Participants had the opportunity to create digital 3D models and watch objects being printed with Makerbot 3D printers. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

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