CHILDREN in Cardiff have been given the chance to try out cutting-edge 3D printing technology at a fun event organised by Techniquest science centre and Cardiff Met's FabLab facility.
Little visitors to Techniquest have been making their own cookie cutters by picking a design on screen and then watching as it is created before their eyes at special workshops that have been held on Saturdays throughout November, with the final workshop taking place tomorrow (December 3rd.)
The amazing 3d technology is provided by FabLab - short for 'fabrication laboratory,' and based at the Cardiff School of Art and Design, the network of global laboratories are linked to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and are equipped with technologies for 3D printing, laser cutting, vinyl plotting, electronics and programing to re-produce or create virtually anything.
Speaking about the partnership Martijn Gommeren, FabLab Cardiff Manager said:
"Both FabLab and Techniquest are at the forefront of STEM education. FabLab is enabling people to learn and work with digital manufacturing and we have collaborated with Techniquest to bring those facilities to their exhibition. It's incredible that this kind of technology that is more and more within the reach of young children and these workshops will help children learn what at 3D printer can do, whilst making their very own product to take home with them.
It's been great to partner with Techniquest so we can showcase making, design, engineering and science with brand new technology to inspire young people and show them just how easy and exciting this can be. "
Tomorrow's workshop is held from 10:30 until 16:30 at Techniquest centre in Cardiff Bay. Slots are available every 10-15 minutes and children will be guided through a free software system by and expert that will help them design a cookie cutter.
They will then be printed, and the participants walk away with their own design.
- More information on the workshops here