WTVM Editorial 4/10/15: 3-D Technology - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

WTVM Editorial 4/10/15: 3-D Technology

A camera and a lens made with a 3-D printer. A camera and a lens made with a 3-D printer.

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Schools around the nation try their best to give students the preparation they need to succeed in the real world; in Opelika, AL – our backyard – students are already at the top of the class when it comes to learning the latest 3-D printing technology.

We recently reported on Opelika High School's unique access to a $38,000 professional grade 3-D printer, used in partnership with Baxter, a local manufacturer of dialysis equipment.

Baxter uses the 3-D printer to create parts for their dialysis machines while students get to use it to see how 3-D printing makes their design ideas come to life.

3-D printers aren't new, but access to a top notch piece of equipment is new and unique among area high schools.

It's part of a project called "Lead the Way," and we are excited for the Opelika students who are getting training on and exposure to the technology that is already changing lives for the better, and will give them a solid way to compete for high tech jobs.

So many things can now be printed with 3-D technology: Believe it or not, a digital camera and lens were both assembled entirely from parts printed on a 3-D printer!

And musical instruments like a guitar, flute and violin were all made tangible from ideas sketched out, modeled and printed using advanced 3-D printing technology.

We're proud of Opelika High School and Baxter Manufacturing for creating a way for our local students to get to the head of the class when it comes to this enormously exciting and profitable technology.

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