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Students Visit Alignex for a Day of Engineering Exploration

Lara Eckerman on January 11, 2017 at 2:02 PM

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Last Wednesday, Alignex hosted 10 high school students participating in Mayer Lutheran's J-Term Engineering Exploration course. Their visit to Alignex was part of a 4-day field trip visiting machine shops, design shops and 3D printers throughout the Twin Cities to explore careers in engineering and related fields.

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In the morning, students got a glimpse into our facility operations and learned how we partner with designers and manufacturers to streamline their processes, as well as got the chance to see a live demonstration of building and testing a model with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Students also had the chance to learn more about career opportunities that exist and the education it takes to be employed in the industry.

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In the afternoon, guest Matt Havekost from AdvancedTek stopped by with a 3D printer to explain how 3D printing can assist manufacturers in their design and simulation process. Students got the chance to see a part printed out as a 3D model that they had seen digitally built and tested in the morning presentation just a few hours earlier.

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Rounding out the day, students participated in a hands-on session at their own dedicated workstation where our application engineers walked them through how to build a model in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software on their own. 

All in all, it was a great day! Our staff had a blast and we hope the students gained a new perspective on continuing their education in math and science and a desire to someday pursue a related career.

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