Corby school gets second 3D printer

RS Components Product Compliance Engineer Andrew Shorley, with CBA Year 9 students Melissa Walker and Jessica Gibbons, teacher David Harley and the new 3D printer
RS Components Product Compliance Engineer Andrew Shorley, with CBA Year 9 students Melissa Walker and Jessica Gibbons, teacher David Harley and the new 3D printer
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RS Components has donated a state-of-the-art 3D printer to Corby Business Academy.

With a high demand for the school’s only 3D printer, the additional printer supplied by RS will help students with their GCSE projects, enabling them to work independently on essential components for their designs. The new printer will also increase access for other Key Stage groups such as Year 7 and 8 resistant materials students.

Design and technology teacher David Harley said: “The 3D printer is an innovative invention that is really inspiring for students. They are taught how to draw their project ideas using CAD software such as Pro Desktop or Sketch up. Our students develop their designs the same way designs are developed and realised in industry, so this really increases their confidence.”

Product compliance engineer at RS Andrew Shorley said: “It’s great to enable students increased access to this type of technology, which is fast becoming commonplace in industry.

“The emergence of 3D printing in design has had a significant impact on prototype development – speeding up the process and making it much more cost-efficient which will be a great help for the students in developing their design ideas.

“RS recognised the importance of this for design engineers and provides a wide range of 3D printers and equipment.

“ We certainly hope Corby Business Academy makes the most of this resource and we look forward to dealing with some of the students in the future who may just go on to become our engineers of tomorrow.”