AST2 introduces student partnership

YOUNGSTOWN – A 3D printer, introduced by Applied Systems & Technology Transfer, LLC, or AST2, will be manufactured by area students as part of a first-of-its-kind STEM education partnership.

The INVENT 3D printer was unveiled this month at America Makes’ project management review meeting. Under the partnership, Youngstown City School District students from Choffin Career & Technical Center and Chaney VPA/STEM school will manufacture the INVENT3D printer components in an after-school jobs program, using precision CNC machine skills, 3D printers and laser-cutting equipment.

“This is a great opportunity for Youngstown city school students to learn real-world skills that will lead to lifelong career success,” said Dr. Connie Hathorn, superintendent of Youngstown City School District.

The INVENT3D Printer is designed to allow teams of students to assemble, use, and then dissemble the printer for use by the next team of students. This immersive, hands-on experience reinforces students’ understanding of additive manufacturing, teamwork and project-based learning.