Terry Sanford Puts Stephen Shane Fincher Memorial Grant to Good Use
Published by Laurie Pender on June 1, 2018
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Model of the heart printed on the 3D printer for teacherTerry Sanford High School is very excited about their new 3D printing MakerSpace! Science teacher Brian Thompson wrote a grant proposal for the Stephen Shane Fincher Memorial Grant to begin this initiative with five 3D printers. While some high schools have purchased a 3D printer this MakerSpace is very different with the number of printers in the workgroup, and the inclusion of two filament extruders and a commercial plastic shredder. The set of five printers was selected for their ability to print objects from a variety of materials. The touchscreen interface is simple for students to learn while providing control of many variables. The FTS STEM Dawgs Science Club is trailblazing by offering after-school lessons in 3D design and printing. Mr. Thompson’s students have already designed school-themed bookmarks, gifts for teachers, trophies for athletes, cell models for Biology classes and even a full-sized, anatomically correct human heart!

Being able to produce their own filament on-site puts Terry Sanford students in a different league of innovation. A filament extruder is a device that takes in small bits of raw plastic, melts and then cools the material into a single filament strand to be used in a 3D printer. This device will save the school 40% when purchasing additional raw filament material. Very few high schools in the nation have this stage of 3D technology now being used in Cumberland County.

The final phase to be added to this manufacturing MakerSpace is the commercial plastic shredder. This machine is designed to shred recyclable plastic bottles into small flakes of plastic. Terry Sanford plans to reroute some of their outgoing plastics back to their MakerSpace for processing and shredding. The raw plastic material can then be fed into the extruders to produce usable plastic filament. That filament can then be used by their 3D printers to create objects designed by students and teachers for local use. This process will amplify local sustainability efforts by reducing outgoing waste while providing educational products useful to the school’s curricula. The combination of all three phases – recycling to extruding to printing – will make Terry Sanford’s MakerSpace the most unique and versatile in the state.

        
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