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Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations



DANVILLE, VA, September 10, 2015 – Hockey pucks. Key chains. Chess sets. Fishing rods. Lamps. Prosthetic body parts. Those are just some of the items you can make using 3D printing technology in a Danville Community College non-credit, four-session class. What’s more, participants will be using the latest technology - a Stratasys® 3D printer.

The “3D Printing and Solidworks? (CADD 1010-90) meets Thursday evenings, October 1- 22, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training (RCATT), Room 137. Stephen Bradford is the instructor.

“You can design a part that you want to replace around the house, such as a broken slide on dresser drawer, or you can design something artistic, such as a lamp,? says Jerry Franklin, Director of Manufacturing and Technical Services.

Any small part that you can draw can be made with the 3D printer, Franklin explains. In the introductory class, students have the option of downloading graphics files of predesigned parts and inputting them into a Stratasys® 3D printer or designing parts using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software and then creating them using the 3D printer.

“This is the height of consumer engineering science technology. Scientists are doing groundbreaking research on printing biological cells to make body parts,? Franklin says. “DCC’s RCATT is all about training the workforce for the jobs of the future.?

For more information about DCC’s 3D Printing and Solidworks class, contact Jerry Franklin at 434.797.8573 or email


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