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LETU to Offer Public Workshop for Building 3D Printers Aug. 1, 2, 3



LeTourneau University School of Engineering and Engineering Technology is offering a 3D printing workshop for those interested in building and owning their own 3D printer to build three-dimensional objects from a computer-aided design model. 

The 3-day workshop is fashioned after LETU freshman engineering classes that teach students to understand, build and operate 3D printers.  The workshop cost is $500 per printer, which includes participants walking away with a self-built 3D printer under expert tutoring by LETU engineering faculty.  Groups can register together to build a 3D printer to share. The dates of the workshop are from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Aug. 2, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3.

“A 3D printer adds material layer by layer by moving in the x-y-z directions to build three-dimensional objects that could include toys, model parts, or a host of other useful items,” said Dr. Shelli Starrett, LETU engineering professor and organizer of the workshop. “Your imagination is your limit when it comes to building things with a 3D printer.”

Anyone interested in the workshop can contact Starrett at or by calling the LETU School of Engineering at (903) 233-3910.

In April of 2014, LeTourneau University engineering students set a world record and were featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most individual 3D printers operating simultaneously. 

 In January of 2015, one LETU student presented a three-foot long, 1:176 scale 3D printed model of the Atlantic Mercy hospital ship to Mercy Ships, a nonprofit humanitarian organization founded in 1978 that provides free, world-class healthcare services to people in the developing world.

LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, hybrid options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas and fully online programs. For additional information, visit

Categories: Engineering