Design Center recognizes student 3D printed auto parts

Representatives from American Heritage’s Escondido Charter High School (ECHS) Individualized Learning Program were the only local area high school students invited to present at the annual, private Car Classic event recently held at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.   The invitation was the result of the advances the students had made in the use of 3-D printing technology to produce custom automotive parts.

During the event, students met with experts in the field of automotive and transportation design, including representatives from Ford Motor Company, McLaren Motor, and Honda Motor Company.   The event was also covered by numerous local area media outlets including the Orange County Register and KABC-7 News.

Television personality and car enthusiast, Jay Leno, attended the event and met directly with students, including Capria Handy.  Their discussion centered on the application of 3D printer technology for the antique car restoration business.   ECHS student, Trenton Floyd, and Mr. Leno also discussed the importance of functionality in the design of Mr. Leno’s McClaren Formula One race car.

The students also received a personal tour of Art Center’s multi-million dollar Rapid Prototyping and Production Facility by the facility’s Director, David Cawley.  During the tour, the students learned about the various and groundbreaking applications for the facility’s thirty different 3D printers and prototyping systems.