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Dothan, Ala. – Wallace Community College’s Bencze Auditorium was filled with area business leaders, representatives from Dothan Technology Center, and WCC personnel and students eager to learn about 3D printing – Additive Manufacturing and how it will be used in different industries. 

Additive Technology is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The 3D printer adds layers of material to develop the required shape, in contrast to traditional manufacturing methods that subtract material via machining, cutting, or drilling to make parts. 

Dr. Linda C. Young, WCC President, welcomed guests saying, “This is a special day—celebrating long term relationships and making new ones.” She continued by thanking Raymond Cheng of the SoZo Group for coordinating the presentation on 3D Printing.

Zhang Liu, general manager of China’s Nanjing Zinjin-Lead Electronic Group Co., Ltd., presented Dr. Young and Mr. Terry Scott, Principal of Dothan Technology Center, with 3D printers valued at $10,000 each to be used in their classrooms.

Presentations were made by Graham Tromans, a British-based industry consultant, on Demystifying 3D Printing – Additive Manufacturing and a technical briefing of various 3D printers. Tromans explained various types of additive manufacturing processes and how 3D printing technology was estimated to grow to a $4 billion business by 2015 and $10.8 billion by 2021. The technology is already used in the aerospace, automotive, and medical communities. 

WCC officials expressed gratitude for the generous donation and plan to integrate and utilize this rapidly growing technology in its automated manufacturing major. “Automated Manufacturing is one of three concentrations offered through the College’s Industrial Maintenance Technology program,” said Dr. William Sellers, Associate Dean of Career and Technical Education. “The printer will enhance student learning in additive manufacturing process as we work to prepare students for current and future employment in manufacturing and industrial operations.”

The College’s automated manufacturing program prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in various manufacturing operations.

For more information on the Industrial Maintenance Technology program, contact Tony Greene, Division Director for Wallace Campus Industrial Technologies, at (334) 556-2603 or mgreene@wallace.edu. 

Wallace Community College addresses a wide range of educational goals, including Academic Programs, Academic Transfer, Allied Health, Career Technical Instruction, Workforce Development Training, and Adult Education, including GED Preparation and English as a Second Language.  The College has two campuses — the Wallace Campus in Dothan and the Sparks Campus in Eufaula.  The Center for Economic and Workforce Development is also located in Dothan. For more information about Wallace Community College, go to www.wallace.edu. 

Lian Ning, of Nanjing Zijin-Lead Electronics Co., Ltd, demonstrates the 3D printer donated to Wallace Community as Tony Greene, WCC Division Director for Industrial Technologies; Dr. Linda C. Young, WCC President; Vincent Vincent, Workforce Development Coordinator; and Min Xiong, Communication Director of the SoZo group looks on.
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For More Information Contact:
Barbara Thompson
Director of Public Relations and Marketing,
Wallace Community College
(334) 556-2629

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