GAIT Students Take a Trip to the Big Apple

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 5:32pm

In April 2014 six students, who are members of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) student club, attended the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in New York City, NY. The Inside 3D Printing conference is the largest professional 3D printing and additive manufacturing event worldwide. GAIT students explored the business applications of 3D printing through conference sessions led by industry experts, demonstrations of the latest 3D printers and services, and programming for designers, artists, and printers. Two GAIT faculty, Dr. Mandy Wu and Mr. Tom Reeves, accompanied the students to the conference. 

Tom Reeves said “When you think about printing, you think ‘ink on paper’, but this technology has expanded so much. There’s not just one technique for 3D printing. The conference offered demonstrations where printing was done with plastics, liquid photopolymer hardened with UV light, paper, food, and even biological cells to print 3D images.”

Students in the Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology program aren’t constrained to classroom learning. “That’s what’s so amazing about the Graphic Arts program at Appalachian State – students get the full experience in learning from the classroom to a conference session. Our teachers want to make sure we get to interact with real-world demonstrations of the latest technology in action. I was able to walk around and network with industry professionals and see for myself the latest and greatest 3D printing technology available” comments one GAIT student, Rachel Bond, a senior in the Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology program.

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Dr. George Glisan
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