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3D Printing & The Car Industry

Drones, electric cars, self driving vehicles, VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircrafts, Moon and Mars missions, finally, the 21st century is living up to our science fiction expectations. No longer is 3D printing technology limited to automobile prototypes. Cars are utilizing this technology to reduce a car’s weight, provide customization, reproduce vintage car parts, and reengineer the wheel, like the conceptual 3D printed tire by Michelin.

Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, a pioneer and trailblazer in a multitude of industries, is changing the automobile scene by manufacturing sustainable electric vehicles, the Tesla Model Y, with 3D printed parts. (2020)

Reported by, “The main AC unit of the Tesla Model Y utilizes an FDM 3D printed part in order to compensate for a mold limitation and ensure production is not stalled”. While this may seem like a minor HVAC part currently, if we know anything about Elon Musk it is that he is a forward thinker and we can count on more 3D printed car parts in the future.

Here in Texas, we are even more excited about Tesla’s rise in the automobile industry, with the possibility of a Tesla manufacturing plant coming to Austin. Our fingers remain crossed that the rumors are true.

So, with all these exciting things on the horizon, how do we prepare students to potentially work, design and create for Tesla or other cutting edge companies and one day?

What tools/skills will they need in their toolkit of the future?

If someone were to offer you a program that would give your students confidence, hands-on, job related experience, problem solving skills, team building and communication skills, would you be interested? Would you be interested in a program designed to cultivate all the skills needed to be inventive and forward thinking, potentially the next Elon Musk?

Look no further - Kids Can CAD Academy! Our list of self-paced, online courses satisfies all interests and one is sure to peak the interest of your students.

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Check out our 'All About Transportation' course which is perfect for students interested in things that zoom along.

Enjoy this 6 week, project based, 3D modeling course, designed to build confidence and support students as they extend their CAD usage with a collection of challenging projects that encourage students as they troubleshoot, improve and perfect their designs. 3D printing is full of trial and error and thus an opportunity to build students’ confidence and resilience.

It is important to know that a major advantage and determinant of future success is hands on experience. It is critical that students get acquainted with 3D modeling in their formative years, since getting started early trains the brain, eyes, and fingers to adapt and become more coordinated working in harmony, creating efficiently and seamlessly on projects in a 3D environment.

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