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April 7, 2016 AT 8:00 am

Students turn innovative ideas into useful 3d printed products #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Students compete in an annual 3D printing competition via, Stratasy

Stratasys’ annual Extreme Redesign Challenge (ERC) has encouraged participants to think differently about how they see products, devices and the world around them. From modified cell phone cases to assistive devices, students from New England-based schools were recognized for their innovations during AET Labs’ Extreme Redesign Competition and Digital Fabrication Showcase.

The competition was held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, and was coupled with a digital fabrication showcase to educate the 100+ participants on various types of manufacturing technologies. Students and instructors had the opportunity to hear from Steve Chomyszak, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and technology at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, who played an integral role in the development of the Stratasys curriculum for post-secondary education.

“3D printing encourages you to screw up and have fun doing it. Iteration is at your fingertips, and iteration is good for learning,” said Chomyszak during his presentation to students. “Don’t be afraid of failure. You learn more from getting things wrong than from always doing things right.”

And while a fear of failure can affect ones motivation to learn, these young contestants demonstrated an uninhibited imagination that encouraged them to try something new, fail and try again.

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