How Inner-City Arts Gives Kids Living In The Poorest Neighborhoods Access To 3D Printing

Inner-City Arts 3D Printing Center
Inner-City Arts 3D Printing Center

In late October 2015, Ross Modglin of Battery Backup Power, Inc. received a call from the Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Inner-City Arts, Bob Bates. He had two Ultimaker 2 3D printers used to teach young students the art of additive manufacturing that continually stopped printing at various stages of queued jobs. Ross immediately diagnosed the issue as a power problem, mainly a LADWP (Los Angeles Department of Water & Power) problem and resolved the issue with a 2,000 VA (2 kVA) / 1,200 Watt (1.2 kW) Pure Sine Wave Battery Backup Power Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).

Inner-City Arts 3D Printer In Action
Inner-City Arts 3D Printer In Action

Inner-City Arts was then able to run both Ultimaker 2 3D printers simultaneously overnight without worrying about voltage issues or minor power outages disrupting student’s print jobs. When a student can learn to make an object on a computer, load it on an SD card, and see it materialize in front of them, it stimulates her/his confidence and desire to take on larger projects. A failed print job is just a waste of time and materials to an adult, but may have a much larger impact on a child already facing adversity.

Inner-City Arts Completed Student 3D Print Jobs
Inner-City Arts Completed Student 3D Print Jobs

Inner-City Arts invests in the youth of Los Angeles by providing elementary, middle, and high school students living in the poorest neighborhoods with the tools and skills they need to succeed academically and personally. The Graphic Design Program at Inner-City Arts hones communication skills and knowledge of graphic design software. Students work in both 2D and 3D which encourages them to look at the world both visually and conceptually. They learn communication and professional skills as well as problem-solving skills.

Inner-City Arts Ultimaker 3D Printers
Inner-City Arts Ultimaker 3D Printers

For More Information On The Inner-City Arts Graphic Design Program, Please Visit:  http://www.inner-cityarts.org/what-we-do-art-forms.php

To Support All That Inner-City Arts Is Accomplishing, Please Donate Here: https://innercityarts.nationbuilder.com/donate

Ultimaker Display Screen At Inner-City Arts
Ultimaker Display Screen At Inner-City Arts

Inner-City Arts
720 Kohler Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tel (213) 627-9621
Fax (213) 627-6469
info@inner-cityarts.org
http://www.inner-cityarts.org


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