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Hamilton students receive access to expanded 3D printing technology

Hamilton High School Applied Engineering and Technology students will receive upgraded and expanded 3D printing technology in their classroom thanks to a grant from the Milwaukee Society of Plastics Engineering Education Foundation. The grant money will allow for the purchase of equipment to support student innovation opportunities and directly affect student work daily.

“The heart of our 3D printing program currently lies within our woodworking program area, where students have harnessed the power of additive manufacturing to transform their woodworking projects,” explains Hamilton High School Applied Engineering and Technology Teacher Joseph Premo. “These printers have ignited creativity, fostered learning and empowered our students to turn their ideas into tangible creations.” The department’s current 3D printers were purchased during the 2022-23 school year with grant money from Hamilton Education Foundation.

The recently awarded $4,999 grant will result in updated technology to increase speed, versatility and provide a wider range of materials available to students. “This endeavor will not only enhance our educational programs but also serve as a model for other schools looking to provide cutting-edge opportunities for their students,” explains Premo. To further expand student opportunities, the current 3D printers will be relocated to another area within the department to continue serving students and expand the reach of access to 3D printing.

“The Milwaukee Society of Plastics Engineering Education Foundation was formed in 1983 to promote the plastics industry through increased awareness of this ever-growing segment of American commerce and manufacturing,” explains Milwaukee Society of Plastics Engineering Education Foundation Secretary Jason Braman who is a senior account manager for Chase Plastics in Pewaukee.

Eventually, student feedback will be collected to assess enthusiasm, satisfaction and perceived benefits of the upgraded 3D printing technology. “This feedback will be invaluable in refining our educational programs and the use of these printers,” said Premo.