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Cadets Tour Rapid Prototyping Lab

posted Jul 14, 2018, 10:46 AM by David Froiseth

On July 11th, as part of the Summer Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Series, cadets from the Gainesville and Marion County Composite Squadrons attended a presentation on Rapid Prototyping.  This was conducted in the University of Florida’s Rapid Prototyping Lab by the Facility Manager Alex Anton.  The lab, in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department, has four additive machines, one subtractive machine and a 3-D scanner.  Alex showed the cadets the internal parts of the machines, described how each one works, and passed around various items made by the machines.  Alex, who is working on a Mechanical Engineering major with an Electrical Engineering minor, plans to work in the field of robotics. When asked why he recommends engineering as a field of study, he replied, "Because you get to design the future. You will build the world we live in."