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The Hawaii STEM Conference is Quickly Approaching

April 30, 2014
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Hawaii STEM Conference

The annual Hawaii STEM Conference is almost here! We are thrilled to be a partner again this year for such a wonderful event!

At this year’s conference 3D Innovations will be hosting several breakout sessions covering areas of 3D Design and 3D Printing. (To view the entire list of breakout sessions please click here.)

In addition to these breakout sessions, 3D Innovations will be hosting a Design Competition, where students will be given a design task to create a design based on specific requirements. They will have most of Friday and Saturday to complete their designs. Each team will then  present their final design solutions to a panel of judges for review.

Each year this conference becomes larger and reaches even more students in Hawaii. The turnout for this 5th annual Hawaii STEM Conference is sure to be extraordinary and we look forward to sharing our passion for STEM education with all of these young minds. Hope to see you there!

Further conference information can be found on the official website.

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

The Honolulu District Science Fair (Feb. 8th)

February 7, 2014
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We are excited to announce that 3D Innovations will be participating in the Honolulu District Science Fair this weekend at Kapiolani Community College! Collin Kobayashi, our President & Chief 3D Officer, was asked to present a seminar on 3D Design & 3D Printing for elementary students and their parents. The students are going to learn about the exciting side of engineering, while the parents learn about various technologies and programs that their children can get involved with on local and national levels.

Collin will be teaching three (30 minute sessions) where students will learn about the design process and the role 3D Printing in it. The main focus is to present a problem, and utilize 3D Design and 3D Printing to develop a solution. A completed design will be displayed to show students the final result. A 3D Printer will also be there so students can see the 3D Printing process first hand.

Honolulu District Science Fair

**If you are interested in attending the Honolulu District Science Fair, you can find additional details on the official website here.

My 3D Academy

November 21, 2013
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3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

3D Academy promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs that integrate 3D Technology into K–12, as well as university classrooms. Using hands-on and project based learning strategies, we have been effective in providing students with opportunities to excel in the areas of STEM and to integrate industry applications into their learning experiences. Our core program utilizes 3D CAD and takes students through the entire design process (design, prototyping, manufacturing, etc.). When integrated into school curriculum, our STEM education programs provides students with opportunities to solve real world design problems, engage with industry standard technology, and transform concepts into reality. Education programs are available statewide and have been integrated with many robotics programs such as FIRST, UROV,
BotBall, and First Lego League. Programs are both customizable and scalable to meet various applications and grade levels.

Click here to view the Full Version of our video on YouTube

Educating Tomorrow’s Innovators

October 18, 2013
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Design News recently published an article, Inspiring Today’s Students to Become Tomorrow’s Innovators. We originally shared this article on our 3D Innovations Twitter account (@3D_Innovations) and we were surprised by the number of people that then classroom_trainingshared this article with their own followers, so we wanted to be sure that our blog community also had the chance to read it.

Below is a powerful excerpt from the article (and we must say that we agree with the author’s conclusion):

For science and engineering, the inspiration is there — SpaceX is launching rockets to space, CERN is creating the world’s largest particle accelerator, and projects such as North American Eagle are working to break the world land speed record.

But while students can see these engineering marvels, most never get exposed to how they work or have the opportunity to build one of their own. In fact, students rarely get to participate in activities where they actually do engineering.

Unfortunately, our society and education system bombards our students with lectures, rote memorization, theory, and math throughout their education. Even in college, most only get exposed to computer simulations and programming in Java or mathematics algorithms. This lack of hands-on experience for students is driving our future innovators away in droves. And for those who stay, they graduate with no real-world experience.

Employers expect the students of today to be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow — even the ones that don’t exist today. Is that a fair expectation if we’ve never given our students a chance to do engineering?

I believe to answer industry demands for job-ready graduates, we must create an educational continuum that parallels the progression of learning to play an instrument or riding a bike and create products that grow with students from kindergarten to rocket science.

Continue reading the full article…

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology.

Bringing CAD (Computer-Aided Design) into the Classroom

July 18, 2013
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Most think of CAD and 3D modeling as technology that’s taught at the college or professional level, it is now trickling down to high-school and even middle-school classrooms. CAD increasingly is shaping the education of America’s youth in ways that far outstrip its original application as a drafting tool. Its use is helping to shore up the country’s supply of engineers by instilling a passion for technology use at a young age.

When it comes to fostering students’ interest in a subject current wisdom says the window of opportunity is closing by the time students finish middle school. That, together with an emphasis on the importance of teaching process and critical thinking, is what’s driving the push to introduce CAD technologies to students in the third through twelfth grades.

3D Academy, the educational branch of 3D Innovations, focuses on bringing CAD into the classroom. Our program curriculum is structured and designed to give students a head start in their careers as well as exposure to industry practices. Curriculum is focused on pre-engineering principles that integrate CAD, engineering design, drafting, and manufacturing.

Opportunity and exposure to STEM fields are key to fostering interest, but a student’s belief in his or her ability to make a contribution to the professional world is an important precursor to pursuing what often is a hidden dream. CAD is helping students gain that confidence.

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3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology.

Introducing Our New 3D Printing Service

June 28, 2013
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Our product development service offering is expanding and we couldn’t be more thrilled! We are proud to announce that we are now able to provide a stand-alone 3D printing service. This means that if you have a design ready to be printed, we can now easily provide you with a quote, quickly print your product in-house on our new Stratasys Fortus 250mc and ship it to you.

3D Printer

All parts are built from production-grade ABS thermoplastic material that is durable, accurate, and functional. The parts produced can be used to validate designs, create prototypes for functional testing, and for pre-production.

Our new 3D printer goes beyond “printing” and is also a great educational tool. If you are in the Honolulu area, and interested in learning more about 3D printing please feel free to contact us (info@3d-innovations.com) so that we can set an appointment to show you the printer and explain the technology. For all of those educators out there, this is also a great resource for students! Imagine your students working on a 3D CAD project and then coming to the Manoa Innovation Center so that they can watch their project come to life in real-time.

Visit our new 3D Printing Quote Request page to start building your parts today!

If you have any questions about our new 3D printing service, please feel free to contact us directly at info@3d-innovations.com or by phone (808) 722-8667.

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the  3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

Popular 3D Printing & STEM Education News (May 27th – May 31st)

May 31, 2013
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Your weekly news roundup has arrived! This week there was a major buzz around the fact that the space station will be getting a 3D printer of its own in 2014. Shapeways has also developed a “squeezable” plastic 3D printing material–this could enhance prototyping capabilities even further in the near future. In the world of STEM, Lego is also working to make tinkering “cool” again for children and they have developed a very impressive R&D lab (How Lego Is Constructing the Next Generation of Engineers).

We highly suggest that you check out the  Wohler’s Associates and McKinsey reports related to 3D printing that were recently released. Both reports give some great information as to the current state of the industry and future economic and growth predictions.

If you would like to share a news article with the 3D Innovations community, please leave a link to the article as a comment on this blog post. Thank you!

3D Printing News

STEM Education News

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the  3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

Why You Should Care About the Future of STEM Education

April 18, 2013
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We all know the acronym, and what it means, but what does STEM Education mean to the future of the U.S. Economy?

It is widely discussed, and well-known, that America is lagging behind the international economy when it comes to developing skilled workers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. America’s youth are not seeking a post-secondary education, and thus a career, in the STEM fields in the same way international communities are. In 2003, only four percent of U.S. college graduates majored in engineering compared to 13 percent of European students and 20 percent of students in Asia. This is very shocking  since there appears to be data supporting careers and jobs in STEM occupations (Evolution of STEM in the United States).

For America to gain back its economic edge on the international economy, it is imperative that we develop the technical knowledge of our youth. As stated by Rodger Bybee, Past-President of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), “For a society so deeply dependent on technology and engineering, we are largely ignorant about technology, engineering concepts, and processes, and we have largely ignored this incongruity in our educational system” (Bybee, 2000). In the past, youth had significant events such as the launch of Sputnik by Russia in 1957 and the U.S. Moon Landing in 1969 to invigorate their interest in STEM subjects, which triggered investment in the form of scholarships and training programs. A “re-invigoration” of interest in STEM subjects is of paramount importance, and efforts are underway to achieve this (see infographic from Teach.com below).

Without homegrown, American, talent to fill the voids currently seen in STEM careers, the United States will continually lag behind the international community. The inspiration of our youth is a task appointed to everyone, from parents and teachers to government officials and business leaders, stressing the importance, excitement and benefits provided by these fields, America can move from a follower in STEM fields to a leader once again.

We look forward to discussing STEM Education at the 4th Annual Hawaii STEM Conference (April 19th and 20th).

Several Sources were utilized for this article:

Is STEM education declining in the U.S.? Source: ZDNet

Evolution of STEM in the United States Source: William E. Dugger, Jr., Senior Fellow International Technology and Engineering Educators Association

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the  3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology. 3D Academy promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs that integrate 3D Technology into K–12, as well as university classrooms.

The Future of STEM Education — What Will 2013 Bring?

December 20, 2012
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A very hot topic this year has been STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) education. We have seen news outlets, politicians, parents, schools and even those in the entertainment industry rallying their support for STEM. It seems like the nation is really starting to take notice of the education gap and wants to work hard to fix it. We admire all of those advocates out there that work tirelessly on education reform, and are passionately dedicated to bringing about STEM education changes in our schools.

We now pose this question to you, What STEM education reform do you think will be the most critical and beneficial in 2013?

3D Academy, the education branch of 3D Innovations, is very focused on STEM education and we are currently ramping up for more opportunities in 2013 to visit schools and provide training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology. We are anticipating that more schools are going to actively search for ways to increase their STEM education opportunities for students, instead of cutting funds to these areas, in 2013 and welcome this kind of positive change!

Let’s discuss…Please comment on this blog post with your thoughts!

3D Academy – In the Classroom

December 5, 2012
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We recently put together a video for 3D Innovations, and we have now completed a new video for 3D Academy! We would like to thank isisHawaii for their contribution to this video. Please take moment to view it and let us know what you think.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology.

3D Academy promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs that integrate 3D Technology into K–12, as well as university classrooms. Using hands-on and project based learning strategies, we have been effective in providing students with opportunities to excel in the areas of STEM and to integrate industry applications into their learning experiences. Our core program utilizes 3D CAD and takes students through the entire design process (design, prototyping, manufacturing, etc.). When integrated into school curriculum, our STEM education programs provides students with opportunities to solve real world design problems, engage with industry standard technology, and transform concepts into reality. Education programs are available statewide and have been integrated with many robotics programs such as FIRST, UROV, BotBall, and First Lego League. Programs are both customizable and scalable to meet various applications and grade levels.