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The TCT Show is one of the world’s leading 3D printing, additive manufacturing and product development events with over 300 exhibitors. Despite the usual traffic problems the party arrived raring to get involved in some learning.
Once they had picked up their lanyards the pupils moved easily through the milling crowds of exhibitors and curious attendees in the cavernous hall. The 3 hour additive manufacturing experience was split into two sections, a workshop in which the students designed a lightweight wheel for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car using Autodesk Fusion 360 professional 3D modelling software. These were then printed using the same 3D printing machines we use have in school. Students will use the wheels they designed to assemble a Bloodhound Balloon car ready for racing the cars back in school.
After a reviving lunch the pupils attended a presentation about 3D printing and the industrial applications, with the opportunity to question the expert, look at 3D models and learn more about 3D printing careers. This included a case studies of 3D printing, and engineering careers resources for the students.
To wind down after the intense learning pupils then toured the TCT show, to experience the excitement of this industry, visiting many different exhibitors questioning them on their technology, products and careers opportunities, and picking up a few freebies along the way !
Date online: 08 October 2018