AP Lazer Is Bringing Laser Cutting and Engraving Into The Classroom
While 3D printers are making strong headway in classrooms across the country the next generation of maker is already turning to laser cutting and engraving.
3D printers have found their way into most schools. Some schools are lucky enough to have one if not more 3D printers in each classroom. In other schools, the 3D Printer has found the way of the old Apple II, pushed on around on a cart. Either way, 3D printing is an amazing way to make things and teach STEAM.
As schools move from 3D printers to laser students are learning CAD, and more. They’re also learning actual skills they will be able to use in careers as they prepare to graduate.
AP Lazer, a manufacturer of laser engraving machines, has started targeting education. The laser printing process takes some of the skills students are learning through 3D printing, to the next level. It’s also another technical skill that’s taking the place of autoshop in high schools.
With a laser engraving machine in the classroom, school or shop, students can learn the physics of CO2 laser, 3 axis motion and improve use of computer software, transforming them into thinkers and builders well before they reach the job market.
“Theater students can use the laser for sets, props and costumes. Athletes can engrave things like baseball bats, gloves, shoes and sports balls. Artistic students can work on their design skills while producing art with the laser. The musically inclined can engrave names or inspirational quotes onto music instruments. The best part? It’s easy enough for a 10-year-old to use.” AP Lazer says on their website.
Larger and more progressive technical and vocational high schools across the country have been using laser cutting machines, CNC machines and other manufacturing equipment for years. AP Lazer makes the laser cutting machine more attainable for schools across the country. The company does point out that laser engraving machines can’t actually make 3D objects like a 3D printer can but it is another way to wow students through STEAM and a vocational skill for today’s industrial marketplace.
See the AP Lazer engraving machines in action at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, June 24-28th, booth #2374 and online at aplazer.com