2019-2020 Innovation of the Year Award Winner: Carroll Community College

Digital Design and Fabrication A.A.S. and Certificate Program

Digital fabrication will revolutionize how we invent and create, and change the way we design and bring to market new products for all time. A wider adoption of the training and technology surrounding digital fabrication is inevitable; we need to ensure that the workforce is prepared to respond. The COVID-19 pandemic is showing its importance as 3D printers are being used to produce critical medical supplies such as face shields and ventilators. The creation of the Digital Design and Fabrication program yielded the design, approval, and implementation of a distinctive pathway and state-of-the-art digital fabrication training facility/lab. The result is a unique program that integrates design-object literacy, problem-solving strategies, entrepreneurship, and advanced manufacturing technology. This program is unparalleled in that students will leverage contemporary fabrication tools, coupled with design thinking and problem solving, not only to solve manufacturing problems, but to engage broader issues.

Innovator: Scott Gore

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