Pupils’ projects on 3-D printing and scanning successfully completed

Within the framework of two programs organized by uniKIK and different natural sciences and technical institutes, LZH scientists have initiated and supported pupils’ projects on 3-D printing and scanning.

Gauß-AG plus: Pupils’ projects on 3-D printing

Under the supervision of LZH staff Matthias Gieseke, Boris Rottwinkel and Lovisa Wonnemann, four pupils worked for six months on a project with the LZH Surface Treatment Group. Linked to laser-powder-deposition welding, which is for example used for the regeneration of complex capital goods, the pupils optimized a 3-D printer. During the sixth “pupils’ day” of the Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) on March 20th, 2014, the group of the Vocational Technical Gymnasium of the vocational school BBS ME Hannover presented their project.

The pupils’ project took place within the framework of the „Gauß-AG plus“, and was financed by the collaborative research center (SFB) 871. The main theme of the 11th course was “ReGeneration 2.0 – Repair for the Future”. The “Gauß-AG plus” is a non-school project offered to pupils who want to take an intensive peek at scientific research.

Club Apollo 13: Pupils scan 3-D objects

A total of 29 teams of pupils from classes 9 to 13 took part in the "Club Apollo 13", the North German Pupils‘ Contest of the Leibniz Universität Hannover. Corresponding to the topic of the “Gauß-AG plus”, the task “3-D scanning at home” was to build a 3-D scanner, scan a part, revise and adapt the data, and send this to the LZH scientists. The scanned data from all 29 pupils’ groups was sent to the “Gauß-Ag plus Team”, and the objects were reproduced using 3-D printing to check whether the scanned data was correct.

The “Club Apollo 13” contest is for pupils from classes 9 to 13 in Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and for Bremen and Hamburg. The three winning groups received vouchers for university tuition fees and books.

RTL Nord interviewed three of the participating pupils, and the film can be seen at http://www.rtlnord.de/nachrichten/nachwuchs-fuer-naturwissenschaften.html.