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Press Release: $84,500 Grant Awarded to Pontotoc Technology Center

5/24/2016 by Jessika Leatherbury
Tags: Press Release, Pontotoc Technology Center

$84,500 Grant Awarded to Pontotoc Technology Center

OK Career Tech Grant Funds Purchase of Digital Printers and Scanners

ADA, OKLAHOMA – Pontotoc Technology Center (PTC) will soon offer 3-D printers and scanners for use by students and area businesses, thanks to a $84,500 grant award from the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (ODCTE).

The need for 3-D printers and scanners was first discovered by the Oklahoma Manufacturer’s Alliance (OMA) with their work with local manufacturers. Jim Lawson, OMA Agent, needed to help a local manufacturer with a replacement part that was no longer in production. Lawson had used 3-D printers and SolidWorks software to help manufacturers in the past so was familiar with SolidWorks and the 3-D printing process. Lawson and Susie Overturf, PTC Information Technology Director, got together with the help of Mike Southard, Ada Jobs President and began dreaming about creating a local source for 3-D print opportunities.
Overturf applied for the ODCTE Lottery grant which will provide the resources necessary for PTC to purchase digital manufacturing equipment and provide access to its use by area businesses who may not be able to afford using this type of equipment otherwise. In addition, PTC will train students on the equipment and SolidWorks software which will further develop the Ada areas talent pipeline and encourage STEM learning from elementary through high school.
“Receiving a Oklahoma Career Tech grant is a competitive process and is based on innovation, student impact and the expansion of technology in the educational process.” said David Lassiter, Pontotoc Technology Center Superintendent, “Having this technology available in Pontotoc County and available to not only students, but also the community, is going to be invaluable in growing businesses and skills.”
“Local manufacturers are excited to incorporate this emerging technology into their research and development process to uncover new and/or better products. This offering compliments the Chickasaw Nation’s robotics initiative and further underscores the opportunities for younger residents in the industrial sector. This is the future of manufacturing and the industry estimates that upwards of 75% of products will be made this way in the future”, said Michael Southard, Ada Jobs Foundation.
3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Whereas, a 3D scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an existing object.
For more information on the 3-D printing possibilities, call Jim Lawson at 580.310.2227.