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Ridgeland's Digital Quest launching 3D prototyping course

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RIDGELAND, Mississippi — Digital Quest is launching the first course in a new series of courses using SolidWorks and 3D printers. The “Projects in 3D Design” course is designed to teach the process of design engineering, integrating the design and industry standard tools.

The target audience for the course is both high-school and community college students.   Students taking these courses learn to design for and use 3D printers for rapid prototyping also known as “Additive Manufacturing.”

“Projects in 3D Design” is designed to give students experience in industry design, duplication, modeling, and prototyping. Students step into the role of real designers and engineers to guide a design from imagination to prototype using measuring, design, and solid modeling tools through real world applications and case studies.  “Prototyping is not a set of disconnected tools, but rather a system of tools that must be used together and managed; we think it is important prototyping is taught this way too,” Eddie Hanebuth, president of Digital Quest, said in a news release.

A project-based format empowers students to not only learn tools and process but also manage them in the context of a real world engineering solution. Digital Quest has worked with industry experts such as Ranger Boats, Primos, and Ashley Furniture to bring realistic 3D design challenges to the classroom, so students learn skills and processes that lead to engineering jobs.

Digital Quest is one of the longest-standing members of the Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS).The EIGS geospatial industry cluster represents a variety of companies from small operations to companies with thousands of employees. There are start-ups and well-established companies — the majority of the companies have been in business for an average of 15 years. Some companies are headquartered in Mississippi while others are branch operations of larger national corporations. EIGS provides its members with business support, counseling, and classes for businesses that provide services using GIS and allied technologies.
For more information about EIGS, its business members, or how to join, please visit www.mseigs.com.

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