With the help of an innovative machine called the MakerBot, SCC’s computer-aided design students can now watch their drawings come to life. At a fraction of the cost of a classic 3D printer (nearly $40,000), the MakerBot was purchased with a $1,000 grant from the SCC Foundation. The “bot,” which melts small strands of plastic in layers to create a 3D model, arrived on campus in late October – as a kit with many pieces. The SCC Engineering Club, with the help of Professor David Niermann, accepted the challenge of putting it together. “Assembling the kit was, itself, a unique learning experience,” Niermann said. “Students used their skills in electrical wiring, woodworking and computer programming to bring this amazing machine to life.” Access to this equipment makes SCC’s CAD and pre-engineering programs a cut above and students are more qualified to enter the workforce.