Story last updated at 2/19/2014 - 2:32 pm
Kayhi students will get their hands on cutting-edge equipment as part of a $28,820 purchase approved by the Ketchikan School Board.
In a unanimous vote reported by the Ketchikan Daily News, the school board agreed to buy a 3D printer to be used by students. The printer is, in effect, a small fabrication shop that can fit on a desktop. It uses high temperatures to fabricate plastic parts designed on a computer.
Other Alaska school districts have already acquired similar printers in order to stay ahead of an international trend.
Technology pundits have predicted that within two decades, home printers will enter widespread use.