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WATCH: Ms. Houck's TEACHER FEATURE

WATCH: Ms. Houck's TEACHER FEATURE

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Cool Vid: 3D Printing for K-12 Education

Cool Vid: 3D Printing for K-12 Education

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'Tis the Season for STEM

'Tis the Season for STEM

'Tis the season for GINGERBREAD and working the delicious treat into your family - and CLASSROOM - fun. Last week, as students across the

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3D Printing Opportunities: The 'Flying 3D Printer' Merges with Drone Technology

By Staff Writter

3D Printing Opportunities: The 'Flying 3D Printer' Merges with Drone Technology

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3D printing career opportunities continue to grow every day as 3D printing moves faster and faster in its developing technology. And as it provides more job opportunities, it's also starting to connect to careers you might not have expected. One of those areas is in drone technology that's also on the same pace as 3D printing in adding jobs to the manufacturing and technological sectors. Could it be that those who work with drones in the future will be working side by side with 3D printer experts?

There's signs of that emerging right now through a new drone called a "flying 3D printer". With tests being done right now, it's actually a quadcopter that so happens to have a small 3D printer attached to its base. However, this 3D printer doesn't resemble the desktop designs we're used to seeing in households recently. Instead, it's a 3D printer module that releases polyurethane onto surfaces.

In the above scenario, a drone can potentially fly into a building that might contain nuclear waste. By releasing the polyurethane and letting it harden onto a contaminated surface, nuclear waste can be removed without it affecting anything in the immediate vicinity. At the same time, while a drone, a human being doesn't have to worry about being exposed to anything dangerous.

If you think this sounds like overly simple 3D printing compared to the fully-dimensional items you can print at home, consider this to be just the beginning. These flying 3D printers are also starting to prove they can be used in complex structural repairs.

Repairing Buildings

Just as 3D printers have printed complex aircraft parts in the aerospace industry that no human being can create, they're also printing pieces for building repair. Internal structural damage can sometimes be so complex that construction workers and engineers can't get proper access to the location. With a flying 3D printer, this all changes and can add the needed substance into those hard-to-reach areas. By using multiple flying 3D printers, an entire building could be reinforced without sending construction workers in to precarious areas to risk their lives. 

This merge of 3D printing with drone technology proves just how crossover 3D printing is. And we're going to see many more crossovers, hence giving a chance for two different career specialists to possibly work in the same office together.

In the realm of forming careers, this creates more diversity, as well as opportunities in doing innovative things.