Like a 3D Printer, But Better
“The AP Lazer has the same basic science and engineering principals as a 3D printer. It features computer controlled three-axis motion, just like a 3D printer,” David Strickler, the president of AP Lazer, explained. “But it boasts more benefits that educators will find to be an advantage.”
At the recent Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC) held at the Orlando Orange County Convention Center in January, educators immediately recognized that AP Lazer has the high potential to strengthen students’ education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Additionally, it can assist schools with cost saving and revenue generation.
“The cutting and engraving speed of the laser is much faster than that of a 3D printer, up to 500x,” Strickler explains. Cutting a simple 3D letter with the AP Lazer takes seconds, a 3D printer takes hours to produce the same object. “This feature makes it possible for an entire class to complete their small projects within one class period. This just can not be done with one 3D printer.”
With the patented two-part architecture, AP Lazer can also complete much larger projects than you could ever dream of with a 3D printer. This means that a large 3D object constructed by AP Lazer’s 2D cutting is impossible for a school scale 3D printer to complete.
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So Many Applications, So Little Time
Educators are also excited by the endless applications. AP Lazer provides students the unique ability to learn STEAM through their interests. Theater students can use the laser to create sets, props, and costumes; athletes can engrave things like baseball bats, gloves, shoes and sports balls; artistic students can work on their design skills while producing art with the laser; the musically inclined can engrave inspirational quotes onto music instruments. The wide range of applications will attract students to learn the physics of CO2 lasers, three-axis motion and improve their ability to use computer software. The best part? “It’s easy enough for a 10-year-old to learn and use,” Strickler adds.
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An AP Lazer machine can save schools money and generate revenue. The filament for 3D printers can be expensive. In comparison, AP Lazer’s laser tube lasts ten thousand hours. Schools can produce their trophies, signage, wall of fame displays and more – a huge cost saver. Revenue can be generated by charging fees for students to engrave their personal iPads, smartphones, or personalized gifts.
Fundraising is Fun with AP Lazer
“My daughter raised $250 for Christmas gifts for homeless kids by selling 125 laser cut bracelets. It only took me five minutes to design, the AP Lazer did the rest in 10 minutes.” Tong Li, the inventor of the AP Lazer, said. A school could raise enough money for a playground by engraving donation clay bricks. In addition, they could raise money for their theater program by making or engraving and selling show related paraphernalia.
One FETC attendee commented, “yes, the possibilities are endless.”