3D printer from Z Corporation™ creates stir among students
The arrival of the ZPrinter 450 at Centennial High School in Franklin created a stir amongst its pupils. In fact, the students were so excited that they got themselves photographed standing beside the printer. By the end of the day, 150 students had turned up to have a glance at the high-tech printer that used drywall powder and resin glue to create 3D images.
A teacher said that many of the students who dropped by had never been seen in an engineering, architecture or a design classroom, and a few of them even stayed back to see the printer produce its first designs. A similar printer was sent to Summit High School, where the teachers described the five-feet-tall machine as "magnetic". They believed that the 3D printer could be used to make students explore the creativity that science, technology, engineering and math had to offer.
John Ash, principal of Central Magnet School in Rutherford County, opined that the attitude of students towards engineering had started to change because of the 3D printer.
"We have a major shortage of engineers in America. We hope to help that," Ash said. "What's amazing about it (the printer) is that it can make things with moving parts. And it will do colors. It makes it in layers — there's no good way to do service to it by talking about it; you have to see it."
The ZPrinter 450 has been designed by Z Corporation and it was released in March this year. It is the first color 3D printer that crossed the US$ 40,000 price barrier.