Monday, Apr 18, 2011 5:00 AM

BURLINGTON, Mass., USA - The third annual "Career and Technical Education (CTE) 3D Design and 3D Printing" competition will challenge participating teams of Hawaiian high school students with an exercise in practical architecture: to redesign an existing floor plan as an office / bedroom combination for a wheelchair-bound veteran.

Teams must submit a floor plan reflecting changes they have made, as well as a physical 3D model of the room, including walls and required elements, such as a desk, chair, computer, book storage, file storage, and full-size bed. Several Z Corp. 3D printers will be used to produce the 3D architectural models overnight. The speed of Z Corp. 3D printers allows models to be built in hours instead of days and makes that part of the competition possible.

Who - The Hawaii State Department of Education Career and Technical Education (CTE), RAPID Technology, Z Corporation and JENKEN Architecture

What - Third annual CTE State 3D Design and 3D Printing Competition. 3D printing of student-designed floor plan models using four Z Corporation ZPrinters. Equipment supplied by Z Corp. technology partner RAPID Technology and 3D printing materials supplied by Z Corp.

When - April 18-19, 2011

Where - Sheraton Waikiki

Why - 3D printing effectively communicates the real- world results of the choices students make in their room re-design. Many industries, including architecture, have adopted 3D printing as a regular part of their design process. By incorporating it into this annual event, CTE is reinforcing its goal of giving students practical skills with which to enter the workforce.

About CTE in Hawaii
CTE programs are offered in all of Hawaii's public high schools and community colleges. The CTE Center, the State Director's Office, provides administrative leadership, direction and coordination for the total of career and technical education in Hawaii and coordinates with other institutions and agencies engaged in economic development, workforce education and training. Student performance-based events such as the 3D Design and Printing Competition are all part of Hawaii's Career Pathway system that the CTE center supports. For more information, visit http://www.hawaii.edu/cte/.

About Z Corporation
Z Corporation 3D technologies help product designers, engineers and architects create the right designs the first time. Professionals use ZPrinter® 3D printers, ZBuilder Ultra rapid prototyping machines and ZScanner® 3D laser scanners to compress the design cycle, generate new concepts, communicate clearly, foster collaboration, and reduce errors. These solutions span the entire 3D CAD/BIM design process from concept through design verification. For more information, visit www.zcorp.com.

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