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September 29, 2016

Vint Hill donates 3-D printers to middle schools

Vint Hill’s $26,000 donation to Fauquier middle schools includes five Dremel 3-D printers, related equipment and supplies.
Vint Hill LLC President Ed Moore and school Superintendent David Jeck.
Vint Hill Village LLC has donated more than $26,000 worth of 3-D printers, related equipment and supplies to Fauquier County’s five public middle schools.

After extensive research, school leaders selected the Dremel Idea Builder 3D402 printers for new career and technical education collaborative workstations at Auburn, Cedar Lee, Marshall, Taylor, and Warrenton middle schools.
Each school will receive a new 3-D printer, a dedicated computer, workstation furniture and a year’s supply of materials to “print” objects. The workstations will allow students to turn their two-dimensional designs, created with special software, into three-dimensional objects the printers will produce.

“Providing everyday access to the latest technology is an essential part of helping prepare students for success, both in school and beyond," school Superintendent David Jeck said. “The 3-D printing workstations will enhance our middle-school technology program and provide a solid foundation for students to capitalize on our strong high school programs.”

Career & Technical Education Supervisor Sarah Frye said: “The donation of 3-D printers to our middle-school technology education programs will allow a vast number of students to utilize this emerging technology.

“With this technology, students can express their creativity and innovation in three dimensions. Their imagination can be brought to life as prototypes can be created, tested and improved in a short period of time." “

The county’s three public high schools have similar workstations in their CTE programs. Educators think providing middle school students with the same tools and concepts will generate more interest and potential future engineers.

“Exposing students to cutting-edge technology is an important part of an advanced, well-rounded educational experience,” Vint Hill President Ed Moore said. “When presented with the opportunity to help ensure that Fauquier's middle-school students will get the opportunity to actively learn about 3-D printing, we didn’t hesitate to support this initiative."

Three-dimensional printing, or additive manufacturing, creates objects layer by layer, working from computer-aided design or 3-D modeling software. A 3-D printer lays down layers of liquid, powder, sheets or other types of material to build objects.

The printers make a variety of goods, ranging from design prototypes to ready-to-use parts found on everything from furniture to jet engines, with frequent applications in healthcare, aerospace, automotive manufacturing and architecture.
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