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Students print their own popcorn!

23 April 2018 (by Sero Creative (SeroCreative))

It’s not often that you get the chance to scan and print your own 3D popcorn, but that’s what students at UTC Leeds had the chance to do recently.

 Sadly it wasn’t edible, but this was just one of the many examples of how students can try out creative ideas on the industry-standard equipment that the UTC enjoys. Head of Engineering, Bradley Mellor, explains, “We offer students extra opportunity for developing their creative and digital skills ready for Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. We are already seeing how digital technologies are starting to transform physical manufacturing. Our students are going to have the skills they will need to be able to secure jobs of the future – jobs that we may not even know about yet.”

The UTC has invested heavily in state-of-the-art equipment including a bank of 10 Ultimaker 3D printers and sophisticated software to enable students to be able to take an idea all the way from scanning to creating a 3D model. This level of facility is highly unusual at school stage, but it is already helping students to get ahead with skills relevant to high quality careers. The UTC is also investing in careers information to help students make informed choices. Bradley Mellor comments, “We are developing an exciting new careers programme which will be launched in September this year ready for our new intake of students. The programme benefits from collaboration with top employers from industry, as well as the universities. We want to give our students and parents the best possible information about the kinds of skills and careers that will be relevant as the world adapts to new technologies.”