Thursday, March 18, 2021
A Message from Terri Graham, Interim President, West and Downtown Campuses
Stefan Bidigaray, part-time faculty, engineering, and Thomas Dillen, lab supervisor, celebrated National Engineering week by regaling industry partners and students with a presentation on the marvels of 3D printing.
During the Zoom presentation, which took place on Friday, February 26, 2021, Stefan introduced the basics of 3D printing as well as its applications. Thomas, meanwhile, demonstrated how the College uses 3D printing and showcased the printing projects Valencia students create in their classes using the same technology as used in industry.
The term 3D printing or additive manufacturing refers to a variety of processes in which material is deposited, joined or solidified under computer numerical control to create a three-dimensional object, using material, such as plastic, liquid or powder grains, that are fused together, typically layer by layer.
These kinds of presentations are not only educational, Thomas said, but also a “great opportunity to promote the College as well as its engineering, computer programming and technology programs.”
They also serve the purpose of helping students learn, connect and network during the pandemic.
“Since we cannot host workshops, guest speakers and meetings on campus now, we will be doing as much as possible virtually until we get back to normal business,” said Thomas.
The presentation was in part attended by members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) student chapter, one of four engineering societies established at the West Campus. IEEE membership offers “access to technical innovation, cutting-edge information, networking opportunities, and exclusive member benefits.”