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Students help improve turtle rehab through 3D printing technology

Kim Titterington, founder of educational rescue and rehabilitation nonprofit group Swamp Girl Adventures, displays 3D-printed turtle shells provided by Florida Polytechnic University students. The shells were used to educate wildlife rehabilitators about ways to treat injured turtles and tortoises.

Despite the natural armor that protects Florida’s turtles and tortoises from injuries, the sturdy creatures are far from indestructible. Vehicles, other animals, and simple bad luck can cause cracks in their shells that if left untreated can mean death.

Honoring family while building a different future

Senior Andres Regalado is leading a student project to build a 3D printer from scratch in the Rapid Application Development (RAD) MakerSpace lab at Florida Polytechnic University.

Florida Polytechnic University senior Andres Regalado is following in his father’s footsteps, though he’s doing it in his own determined way. “Dad did a little bit of everything,” Regalado said of his retired father, who moved the family from Guanajuato, Mexico, to Lehigh Acres, Florida when Regalado was 8.

3D printing technology empowers Florida Poly students’ creativity

Four students in 3D printing lab at Florida Polytechnic University

When you walk into the Florida Polytechnic University 3D Printing Laboratory, you first notice the distinct humming sound that accompanies the state-of-the-art technology. It’s the sound of plastic filament feeding through a moving brass tip, where it is melted and turned into whatever component has been designed on a nearby computer. There’s been a lot […]