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NAS Pax River Event Features Mobile 3D Printing to Promote STEAM

February 6, 2018
Mobile 3d printing

NAWCAD’s FabLab will be open to visitors at Technology and Arts Expo ( – photo credit)

We were living in Maryland just when interest in 3D printing was being fueled by technological breakthroughs and extensive media hype.  A consortium of additive manufacturing advocates there preached its potential to accelerate business development if educators insured a ready and willing workforce.  One locale heeding its message is Southern Maryland, home to the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River.  To promote interest in STEM, NAS Pax River volunteers will host an event this Saturday at the Technology and Arts Expo at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.

A featured attraction will be NAWCAD’s FabLab:

“a place where makers can take their ideas from concept to prototype for projects involving rapid prototyping, accelerated modeling and collaborative learning opportunities.

The FabLab houses 3D printers, CNC mills and laser cutters and other prototyping equipment.

This region, nestled between the Potomac and Patuxent, is often better known for its access to the Chesapeake Bay than advanced technology – despite the expansive naval base.  Hopefully these enthusiastic advocates will change that perception – almost makes me miss Maryland. 

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