3D printer

Orange Coast College instructor Al Cervantes instructs student Michael Jolliff how to use the college's new 3D printer. (Hank Schellingerhout)


Orange Coast College students will soon receive the most up-to-date manufacturing training with the help of the college's new 3D concept laser printer.

An anonymous donor gave the Costa Mesa college's Machine Technology Program the $325,000 printer, which can produce three-dimensional items in stainless steel, bronze and titanium, the college announced Monday in a news release.

It was given to encourage training for jobs in manufacturing, according to a news release.

Students will now be able to design and produce prototypes using cutting-edge technology, said Al Cervantes, a machine technology instructor at OCC.

While OCC already had a 3D printer that can create prototypes using plastic, it now is one of the few community colleges in the nation that has a 3D laser printer that can print in steel, the release stated.

—Hannah Fry

Twitter: @HannahFryTCN