The Machine Tool and Technology students at Black River Technical College (BRTC) have 3D-printed bunnies to present to the Phi Theta Kappa collection for their Easter “Together We Foster” donation campaign.
Phi Theta Kappa is collecting Easter baskets, Easter basket fillers, and individually wrapped food and beverages through March 27 at the Paragould and Pocahontas sites of BRTC.
The BRTC Paragould site accepts donations in rooms MC 111, PAC 121, and PAC 125.
At the Pocahontas site, donations are collected in the faculty mailroom, AD 156, and SC 101.
“Krystina presented this to me and requested that we 3D print some bunnies for the children, so the students took on this project on their own,” said Machine Tool Technology Teacher Rick Barker.
The students developed the print and uploaded it to the 3D printer software; after working out the design’s flaws, they were able to print about fifty 3-D rabbits.
The Machine Tool Technology curriculum covers a number of machining techniques.
Machinists and Toolmakers develop and build the prototypes, fixtures, jigs, and tooling/dies from which the vast majority of metal and other manufactured objects, ranging from huge heavy machinery to small hand tools, are fabricated.
Students in the machine tool technology program obtain the knowledge and abilities necessary to cut, machine, mill/turn, and 3D print polymers/carbon/onyx for NIMS-assigned projects while working in a contemporary, fully-equipped machine shop.
This high-precision vocation needs the development of skills in the use of hand tools, precise measuring instruments, testing equipment, and fundamental, automated, and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools and programming. In addition to heat treating tool steel and alloying material, the program covers accident prevention, leadership, and quality assurance.