October 4, 2023


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The Science Zone teaches Idea Lab students STEM and art with 3D printers

CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – The new three-dimensional printer at the science zone roars to life making a cat that can hold a teabag. This is the second printer The Science Zone has. An educator says the possibilities are endless.

a desktop computer sitting on top of a desk: The Science Zone debuts it's Snapmaker 2

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The Science Zone debuts it’s Snapmaker 2

“Kids are working on a Dungeons and Dragons campaign and printing miniatures and terrain,” said Darcie Gudger, the Idea Lab educator and coordinator.

She adds they hope to print chess pieces next.

Their new machine is called Snapmaker two which can 3D print, burn wood and engrave with a laser. This technology is used in lots of different fields.

“Educators use it because you can print educational materials or games and puzzles,” Gudger said.

She wants to use this technology to give students lots of creative freedom.

“I have one student that’s interested in 3D printing model cars,” Gudger said.

Learning the skills to use this machine can give kids using marketable skills for the future.

“A lot of this stuff is CAD modeling so kids are going to learn how to create and design in 3D which prepares them for engineering, architecture or art,” Gudger said.

The Idea Lab meets three times a week in the evenings. Call the Science Zone at (307) 473-9663

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