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Updated: 01/30/2014 01:38:12PM

Think tank lets students work in 3-D

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This small-scale replica of an Adirondack chair was created as a class project by North Port High School STEM students with 3-D software to serve as a display figure for a local merchant at trade shows.

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The MakerBot Replicator 3-D Printer North Port High School students were able to work with, courtesy of the Englewood Incubation Center.

By STEVEN J. SMITH

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The Englewood Incubation Center, founded by Don Musilli, has recently linked local high school students to entrepreneurs with the goal of faster and less- expensive development of products using 3-D design capabilities.

“I’ve always been prone to looking at hard technology — the development of tangible products, rather than software — as a way to develop a business,” Musilli said. “But in today’s marketplace it’s much more challenging, because it’s harder to develop a product. Prototyping is pretty expensive. So utilizing the students, it turned out to be a quick and inexpensive way to take a concept design, have them put it in a three-dimensional format, then print it out.”

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