Pine Tree students learning tricks of trade with 3-D printing
Longview, TX — Students at Pine Tree High School may no longer have to order senior class rings from a catalog.
Freshmen in Allen Morris’ STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) class are using a 3-D printer and computer software to design their own class rings.
“The rings are being printed in wax and then will be metal-casted,” Morris said. “They should be finished in the next couple of weeks. I am amazed by what my freshmen are able to do.”
The district purchased the 3-D printer being used in Morris’ classes in March for $2,000, he said.
“I carved it out of my budget and said this is what we are going to do,” Morris said. “I started looking at the 3-D printer 10 years ago when they were something aerospace companies were using. When we got it, I told my freshmen I didn’t have time to fool with this so you guys take care of it. And they did.”
The students had the printer working within minutes.”
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