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“The diversification of industries associated with the broad area of digital design and fabrication is immense, making it extremely challenging to anticipate the number of vacancies expected over the next five years,” says Gore. “However, the technology behind 3D printing is progressing rapidly, with companies around the world investing billions of dollars into research and development to improve hardware, software, printable plastics, and other materials. Meanwhile, the use of 3D printing has gone mainstream.

“As a result,” Gore adds, “knowing how to use a 3D printer has become an in-demand job skill. This program will emphasize the use of emerging technologies with contemporary design, manufacturing and production strategies. Graduates will be equipped to compete in the job market of tomorrow, as well as today.”

Currently, only CCC students enrolled in any digital design and fabrication course can use the Fab Lab. (Courses started this past spring, and degree and certificates are pending approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.)

“However, this program crosses the boundaries of multiple disciplines, including entrepreneurship, visual art, mechanical engineering, computer science, robotics, manufacturing and design,” says Gore, noting that the fabrication skills learned can be applied to jewelry and metalsmithing, sculpture and mixed media arts, fashion design, package design, aerospace, automotive engineering and design, manufacturing, architecture, education and science, medical, military, culinary, and product design; investigation is also ongoing into how the program can support other disciplines and programs at CCC.

“This program is uniquely positioned to support, influence, and connect to a vast array of existing programs and disciplines at Carroll Community College and Maryland four-year institutions,” says Gore. •