A1’s 3D Digital Technologies Inspire Kids of All Ages in Cambridge

The Cambridge Science Festival, which took place 14th–27th March, is a fully interactive series of events open to the general public to raise awareness and encourage young people to experience new aspects of science and technology.

Many exciting events took place across the city during the two-week festival. One of the highlights, and one of the busiest events was the Manufacturing Zone at the University’s Institute for Manufacturing, on Saturday 26th March.  A1 Technologies was invited to take part during the day and to present the company’s 3D products and digital technologies to a torrent of fascinated visitors — some of whom were as young as 3 years old!

Parents and children alike were caught up by Dr Bill O’Neill’s presentation on “the Santa Claus machine”.  No doubt delivered in his own inimitable style, Dr O’Neill, Head of the IfM’s Laser Research, demonstrated the many capabilities of 3D printing technology with this captivating title. The kids, however, were even more impressed when they got to get their hands dirty and have a go with real 3D design and make technologies.

A1’s distinctive Chameleon 3D design package was a huge success with visitors as they were able to experience the haptic nature of this device as they created their own virtual 3D models. This remarkable package allows the sense of touch to be used along with excellent visual graphics to build and mould products on screen. Convention dictates that 3D Design belongs in the realm of experts and A1 Technologies is fully committed to proving this convention wrong. A particularly special moment for the A1 team during the day in Cambridge, was when a three year old little girl — using both of her hands — started designing in 3D, and showed that she was able to use the Chameleon to start her very own 3D design.

In a similar vein, the David 3D laser scanner caught the imagination of a four-year old little girl. Using her father as a platform to reach the equipment, she was able to start scanning and reverse engineering an object independently.

Throughout the entire day, children and adults were fascinated by the entire A1 Technologies range, and many learnt how to use a sander, a jigsaw and a lathe — part of A1’s Cool Tool product series. The rewards were obvious as visitors left the room with enthusiasm and satisfaction written all over their faces — the proof, if any were needed, was evident in the mess that had to be cleared up. There were mountains of sawdust!

A1 Technologies was delighted to be able to contribute to the Cambridge University Science Festival and to enthusing and motivating children in this area by showing them how exciting technology can be.

Martin Stevens, CEO at A1 Technologies commented on the day: “At the end of an exhausting day, the A1 team left Cambridge feeling totally exhilarated. Judging by the children who came to see us, and we were overwhelmed by the crowds all day, I don’t believe it is an exaggeration to say that there will be about 1,000 more children considering a career centered around this technology in the future.”

Martin is also Chairman of ‘Made in London’, an organization that represents the 15,000+ manufacturers based in London and he hopes to translate the success witnessed in Cambridge to ‘Made in London’s’ stated commitment of bringing these technologies into the hands of primary school children in the capital — to illustrate how stimulating and exciting technology can be.

For more information visit: www.a1-tech.co.uk

Image Credit: Courtesy of the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University

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