3D Printing at O'Maley
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Technology and engineering teacher Dave Brown helps eighth-grader Connor Murphy with his project to use a computer to design tightly fitting parts of a toy car to be made with a 3D printer (at right) as Connor's classmate Joey Allain, left, looks on Friday at O'Maley Innovation Middle School in Gloucester. Brown teaches 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, to seventh-grade math and eighth-grade science students. The machines, which were assembled three years ago by a group of volunteers from kits purchased through a grant from the Gloucester Education Foundation, are used to create three-dimensional products out of plastic. Students use learn about computer coding and use online software to design tightly interlocking car parts. "They have to make wheels that fit axles that fit shackles that fit chassis," said Brown. "The learning curve is staggering."