Additive Manufacturing

MAR 2018

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING is the magazine devoted to industrial applications of 3D printing and digital layering technology. We cover the promise and the challenges of this technology for making functional tooling and end-use production parts.

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S M A RT FO R CE MARCH 2018 Additive Manufacturing 24 CATEGORY: E Education Have you seen the advanced manufacturing technology classroom of the future? It's likely that you can find one in your local com- munity at a high school that specializes in career and technical education, or at an engineering school or a community college in their mechatronics or machining labs. You might even find one in a STEM elementary school or middle school. You may have invited some of these schools to your business for a Manufacturing Day event, but when was the last time that you reciprocated and visited the schools to see the kinds of pro- grams that are taught there? Beginning in elementary schools, STEM educators are using tools and programs such as Start Engineering for very young students; Project Lead the Way; robotics programs including FIRST, VEX and National Robotics League; and others to inspire young people. If you haven't visited or never considered providing funding or mentorship to a robotics team, it's a terrific way to get involved and restart the dialogue between business, industry and schools again. In my line of work, I'm likely to see advanced manufactur- ing technology classrooms of the future quite often. This past By Gregory Jones Vice President – Smartforce Development AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology Manufacturing's Future Starts in the Classroom summer, I had the privilege to tour Festo-Didactic in New Jersey to explore their latest turnkey STEM classroom. This classroom is not just well designed and well equipped, it also comes complete with applications and a curriculum in Festo's core competency of mechatronics. The classroom goes further in allowing teach- ers and students to incorporate team-building skills to imagine, experiment and become inspired in their own education through "green" project-based learning modules. Examples include water filtration and biomedical modules that give students the opportu- nity to use real-world math, science and design. If you don't have a chance to visit a school near you soon, you can visit the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2018. Many exhibit partners will be including their concepts of the advanced manufacturing technology classroom of the future with turnkey solutions like the Festo classroom, Learning Labs mod- eled like the Smart Manufacturing Experience in Boston this spring, as well as modular workstation- to- workstation experiences. At the last two IMTS shows, we've invited STEM elementary and middle school students, and hosted students younger than our typical high school audience. The goal is to capture the students' attention and create a desire for them to seek a career in manufacturing at a much younger age. The advanced manufacturing technology classroom of the future, combined with an emphasis on MTConnect, smart manufactur- ing and the Industrial IoT will allow us to inspire young students and to put our best technology forward to engage them. For more frequent updates on Smartforce Development, on the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2018 and on the President's Apprenticeship Task Force, follow @GregoryAJones on Twitter.

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