Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Incredible Engineers: Guinness World Record

Update 4/17/14: After submission of detailed evidence last week, the official word came from Guinness World Records on Thursday, April 17, that our engineering students indeed set the world record for 'Most 3D printers operating simultaneously.' Congratulations LETU students on your incredible work!

As of this past Friday, April 4, LeTourneau University is in the running to set a Guinness World Record for most 3D printers operating in one room. For anyone not in-the-know about this amazing technology, a 3D printer is a state-of-the-art machine that prints three-dimensional objects. At most universities, freshman students would never get to use such awesome equipment their very first semester in college.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg on this story. Forget world records and incredible technology, and let’s focus for a minute on our students. These LETU freshmen didn’t simply get to use 3D printers. They made their own. Every printer (with the exception of one commercial printer) used in attempting to set the Guinness record was the product of the hands of LETU freshman engineering students as a requirement of their class. They will continue to use their printers over the course of their LETU education.

Let’s hit that point one more time: A group of 18-19-year-olds built their own 3D printers. These students were in high school this time last year.

Even if we don’t get the Guinness, we had 102 3D printers, a relatively new technology, printing simultaneously—and all the printers were self-built by our freshman students. We couldn’t be more proud. 

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