On October 9th, Fisher Unitech hosted students from Ferndale and Hazel Park public schools during an event called “Make It: Manufacturing” at our Iron Ridge headquarters in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan. This was the second event organized by Pathway X Events that Fisher Unitech has sponsored and it was as rewarding for all involved as the first event called “Build IT.”
Why? Because Pathway X Events is helping kids learn about opportunities in manufacturing and other high demand careers through engaging, hands-on activities. This is a cause that Fisher Unitech can get behind. Plus, what fun to spend another inspiring day with young people to introduce them to 3D printing and 3D design software used in manufacturing.
Sparking Curiosity During Manufacturing Day
October is nationally recognized as Manufacturing Month to celebrate modern manufacturing and to help inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Across the nation manufacturers and organizations open their doors with Manufacturing Day events to bring together communities and promote awareness of businesses, resources, and trends in manufacturing.
With Pathway X Events organizing the Make It: Manufacturing event in October, it made for a perfect way to celebrate Manufacturing Day at Fisher Unitech’s Michigan headquarters with the 150 middle and high school age students who came through our doors. The experience was part field trip and part hands-on exploration. The result: curiosity and lots of fun.
A Lesson on How Manufacturers Use 3D Design and 3D Printing Technologies
During their time at Fisher Unitech during the Make It: Manufacturing event, students toured our 3D printing lab and spent time in our training room with our experts. Using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD design software, the kids created 3D models of their names and then sent the file to a 3D printer to print a nameplate.
While using the software they learned how manufacturers use SOLIDWORKS to design products — everything from industrial equipment to consumer goods. They also learned about the many applications for 3D printing, including production parts, rapid prototyping, and tooling.
It was a lot to take in, but all in all the kids gained exposure to modern manufacturing technologies while having a great time. Plus, they got to take home a personalized, 3D printed nameplate. A memento to remind them that Fisher Unitech is part of their community and our doors are open to future engineers and the next generation of manufacturers.
About the Author
Christa Prokos is a marketing manager at Fisher Unitech. She researches and writes about the latest business trends and technologies impacting manufacturers, including 3D printing, SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD design and product data management tools, product lifecycle management, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things. Christa has worked as a high tech marketing and communications professional since 2000. You can follow her on Twitter: @ChristaProkos.