INdiana Connections

ISU Students Build Drones Using 3D Printer

A recent project at Indiana State University married two of the hottest trends in today's manufacturing and logistics industry: drones and 3D printing. A group of seniors studying manufacturing engineering used a cutting-edge 3D printer to build two drones, technically called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Unlike years past when students ordered pre-manufactured parts to assemble, this project required them to "print" the entire frame of the drone using 3D printing technology—an emerging method that's revolutionizing the manufacturing sector.

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Sue Ellspermann

Work-and-Learn Experiences in Workforce Development

In 2013, Governor Pence and the Indiana General Assembly proposed innovative and transformative legislation to address the workforce development issues that are depressing the incomes of Hoosier workers and potentially impeding economic progress in Indiana. Although the state was spending $650 million in education, training and workforce development, there were at least 30 different programs administered by five state agencies that lacked the coordination and focus needed to maximize the taxpayers' investment.

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