On a rainy Tuesday afternoon, Fred Morlock '16 invited Headmaster Torino to the 3D printing lab for an overview of the student-run 3D Printing Club, and to show examples of some of the finished pieces. With three completely different printers and approximately 10 students involved -- each at a different level of skill and design -- "the club is all about supporting one another and fostering interests outside of the regular school curriculum," says Fred.
The group currently meets every other week and is assisted by Fred’s father, Steve Morlock and Dan Salvucci (Ash House dorm parent and husband of faculty member Ms. Chelle Salvucci), and supervised by Mrs. Nancy Boyle. “We had a 3D printer at home that we’d gotten off of Craigslist,” notes Fred, “but when I was looking at schools and saw that Cushing had one, that really fascinated me and was a big draw – not just that particular printer, but the fact that we could have the exposure to this type of technology.” Since then, Fred has designed and printed everything from action figures with moving parts, to hands, and replica Legos. He and his teaching team help the other students navigate the various software options and then let them run with it. “Students can start designing here in the lab and then on their free time, pick up where they left off in the library or in their dorm room because it’s all on their computer along with tons of tutorials. We then export it here and print the finished piece.”
"Ultimately what I love about 3D printing is that we can build something that can build the next version of that something. And I want people to be able to come to Cushing and have the support they need to explore their interests like I’ve been able to do with this club.”
While all of this occurs during his own time, Fred’s afternoon activity is an independent study during which he’s building an app for the student-initiated Investment Club, which is currently running a competition with a number of other schools using software Fred designed last summer. “Creating this app so that we can manage virtual trading accounts has been a huge learning curve for me, but I’ve made a lot of progress and I’m about halfway done. But because of these experiences, I’m pretty sure down the road I want to become a software engineer.”
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