In the hopes of inspiring future engineers and manufacturers, nearly 20 high school students visited Sherpa Design on May 8th. Making the trek from Oregon City, students from the Oregon City Service Learning Academy (OCSLA) toured the inner workings at Sherpa Design’s North Portland offices. 

Since OCSLA is a high school focused on both academic curriculum and meaningful community experiences, the tour gave students a real world view of a working design studio and rapid-prototyping machining facility. Students were shown a sample of engineering projects going from start to finish.

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BY PAT BARRETT

There I was in the doctor’s office. I sat there as the good doc told me I needed an MRI to check out why my right eye was suddenly on the fritz. After I recovered from the initial shock, I thought (sadly enough), "Cool; I remember hearing you can convert MRI and CatScan files into STL data." After the MRI, I asked the tech if I could get a copy of the data. He happily obliged.

After a little googling, I found a package called Mimics made by Materialise Software This program allows users to clean up different scan layers to keep what they want. It then sweeps a volume around the periphery of the data. It took a little bit to get the convention down, but once I got going it was pretty easy to use. In the end, I was able to output a watertight solid model of my grey matter. Cool.

 

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