October 27, 2016
During the show, a record number of more than 17,000 students, parents and educators visited the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2016, which offered nine challenges, each designed for students to discover and use technologies utilized in advanced manufacturing, including CAD/CAM software, robotics, 3D printing, machining, tooling, metrology, automation and welding.
Students were able to do so much more than observe and interact. They could actually use the technology in a way that gave them a real-world preview of the industry and various manufacturing careers.
In the “Build It!” area, experienced teams of mechatronics students (those with mechanical and electronic skills) worked with waterjet experts from WARDJet to plan, wire, wrench and assemble a high-end waterjet system. Winners of the build-off competition received an $85K waterjet for their school’s machining lab.