Career and Technical Education Center

Architecture Students to Use New 3D Printer at CTE Center

Oct 23, 2015

Advanced architecture students at the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center recently got their first look at what’s possible using the school’s new Cube 3D printer. 

The CTE Center won the 3D printer through a contest sponsored by Hilliard Office Solutions. FISD parent Dean Jones, sponsor of the STEM program KappaLeague, entered the CTE Center in the contest.

Officials from Hilliard were on hand October 15 to set up the printer and train teachers on how to use it, as well as share a vast array of online resources for classroom curriculum.

The new 3D printer will be used by high school students from across the District who are taking upper-level architecture courses at the CTE Center.

“The students will now be able to quickly create multiple concept models of their ideas and show how their concepts evolve over time,” said CTE instructor Clint Floyd. “Also, the 3D printer gives us the opportunity to create more organic designs. In the past, students have had to model their concepts with clay to get the same effect. The printer will save them hours of time that they can use to keep working on their overall designs.”

Hilliard’s Cubeaway Challenge ran from April 15 to June 30, 2015, with all public and private schools K-12 in their service territory eligible to enter the contest. The challenge was introduced as a way for Hilliard Office Solutions to incorporate 3D printers into schools for hands-on learning experience. Schools across Texas and Oklahoma were eligible for entry.

The CTE Center won based on Jones’s entry and steps taken at the school to bring the best in technology into the classroom.

“Hilliard Office Solutions has always supported the communities we serve. Our focus has been on the businesses in our service area. With the implementation of this program, we are now expanding our focus to the school systems in our service territory by envisioning ways to utilize Hilliard’s business technology to expand and grow the environment where children learn by making it more interactive,” said Brent Hilliard, President of Hilliard Office Solutions. “Our schools must have access to Emerging Technologies in order to educate their students about the inspirational use of those technologies. Not to mention, these 3D printers are fun! Can you imagine students in a Biology class actually getting to hold a 3D printed brain?” 

The CTE Center has three additional 3D printers, which are utilized by advanced engineering students. Design and development students print projects they have chosen to innovate or invent, while aerospace engineering students print airfoils to test in a wind tunnel for lift and drag.