The Budget That Was Saved By 3D Printing

By on June 21st, 2013 in Ideas, learning, Usage


South east of Huntsville, Alabama is the small city of Boaz, where something very interesting happened. The Boaz City School System discovered they had to replace all the switch mounts for their network upgrade. 
The 364 switches were to cost USD$2000, but Wayne Caudle, Director of Technologies for the School System had a better idea: 
I started researching 3-D printers, and I figured out I could print them on a 3D printer and print them for about a nickel apiece. So it paid for itself just doing this one job.
He purchased a MakerBot Replicator 2 and printed them out himself. 
Even better, the schools now have access to a 3D printer to engage students in the process of design and manufacturing. 
Individuals at home may not have a similar business case to acquire a 3D printer, but we suspect many schools do. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!