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STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, all being taught concurrently. These are highly technical based programs designed to motivate students into specific careers. The vendors below all help to further STEM programs around the country. With the hands on learning, students can actually see what they could be doing in a real life job situation.
Manufacturing is the production of merchandise for use or sale using labor and machines, tools, chemical and biological processing, or formulation. Most commonly applied to industrial production, in which raw materials are transformed into finished goods on a large scale. From prototypes to full scale working models we partner with select vendors to cover the wide range of products that can be manufactured with 3D printers, laser engravers, and CNC machines.
Engineering can be defined as the application of science and math to solve problems. Engineers use science to solve practical problems. They design, develop, and test new products. Engineers figure out how things work and find practical uses for scientific discoveries. Each field of Engineering has its own specific definition. There are many different types of engineers such as: Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, and Chemical Engineers.
CAD/CAM/CNC: The abbreviation CAD stands for Computer Aided Design. CAM in turn stands for Computer Aided Manufacturing. Computer Numeric Controls (CNC) is an automated milling machines used to create a wide variety of parts. They take the information sent from the CAD/CAM software to interpret the designs.
Robotics is the branch of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing. Robotics is the branch of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.
Each program is different and has different needs. We realize that what may work well for a large university, may not work as well for a technical college. Whether you have a small or large school or are establishing your first Makerspace, we can consult, install and train you on how to make the most of your budget, while also meeting the goals of your program.
Our Partnered Vendors
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Below are some of the examples of the different types of programs we work with.
Makerspace Starter Equipment
Whether you have an up and running Makerspace, or looking to start a new one Northwest Technical Products has the equipment and software to fit most budgets, experience and age levels! These are just some of the options that are available:
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