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Additive technologies boost local students and industry

CINCINNATI — President Biden came to Cincinnati to talk about the future of 3D printing, but a decade ago many people hadn’t heard of additive technology.

Additive technology is an industry term for 3D printing.

The Tri-State proves to be ideal for youngsters to make their own dreams with technology.

The children of the region have the chance to experience this technology from an early age, as no other generation has done before.

Anderson High School student Drew Mileham was interested in additive technology from an early age.

“I think I grew up at the right time,” Drew said. “A lot of new technologies are coming out, which makes everything easier”

Drew started 3D printing when he was 12 years old.

“I love seeing technology evolve,” he said.

“Whenever I see something new and exciting, I always try to jump on it and get my hands on the latest technology.”

Many schools in the Greater Cincinnati area have 3D printers, but kids can also experiment with additive technology at MakerSpace at the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library.

“Early exposure to the stem that is what 3D printing really is at its core,” said Nate Pelley, director of MakerSpace.

“It’s a great way to expose kids to the idea that maybe they could be an engineer, maybe they could be an architect somewhere down the line,” Pelley said.

Drew Mileham is now 16 years old. He thinks his experience with additive technology will benefit his future.

“It will be a valuable skill to enter the job market, especially as an engineer,” Mileham said.

Drew has since moved into software development. He designs video games with friends from all over the world.

Drew’s mother, Anastasia Mileham, said he started doing it for fun, but now it’s become a part-time job. He picks up projects and earns money by programming video games.

Drew taught himself how to do this by watching videos on YouTube.

“The game development work he engaged in really stemmed from this little 3D printer,” she said.

Anastasia said she was impressed with the new technologies her children are experiencing.

“I learned daily from Drew and his brother what was going on,” she said. “It’s a whole new generation.”

3D printing should continue to evolve in the future.

“We’re going to see things like 3D printed houses. We’re going to see 3D built bridges,” Pelley said. “Truly, the possibilities are endless.”

If you’d like to try out the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library’s 3D printers, the library recommends making an online reservation. You can do this up to six weeks in advance.

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