3D printing serves a room for colleges and companies

“It’s just crazy to think I’m a sophomore in college and I’m actually consulting with a real company, helping them to develop an actual product,” said mechanical engineering major Todd Durham of Genoa. “It’s a real-world example of what we’re doing here.” Source: Northern Illinois Univeristy

Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing is an industry where design possibilities once dreamed of by engineers are becoming reality.

The experience students are gaining extends far beyond the lab.

Essentially, through partnerships between the college and technology companies and businesses, they are already doing the jobs their degrees would help them obtain. They’re tinkerers, inventors, designers meticulously molding objects from the ground up.

Through the college’s latest collaboration, students are working to leverage the advantages of 3D printing.

They are working to reduce the parts count by consolidating components and producing lighter weight printed components for RadMax’s proprietary axial vane, rotary devices. RadMax is a research and product development company based in Spokane, Washington, and owned by Regi U.S., Inc.

Designing a broad line of rotary engines, compressors, pumps and gas expanders for civilian, commercial and government applications, RadMax aims to develop products that are smaller, lighter and more energy-efficient than incumbent technologies.