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3D at Marshall Fundamental School

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What would you create with a 3D printer?

That is precisely the question Marshall Fundamental School teacher Miguel Almena asked his students and colleagues when the school received a 3D printer donated by the Pasadena Educational Foundation.

The answer: trumpet mouthpieces.

3D Printed Trumpet Mouthpiece in Action
Marshall Fundamental trumpet players rehearse for the 2013 Holiday Concert. The trumpet on the left has a 3D printed mouthpiece created by the students at Marshall Fundamental School.

Trumpet mouthpieces break often, are expensive for the school to replace, and take a long time to arrive. Together with music teacher Joel Lopez, Almena and his students have manufactured 5 new trumpet mouthpieces using their new 3D printer technology. The mouthpieces were utilized in the 2013 Holiday Concert.

Graphic Design teacher Miguel Almena has the printer in the Marshall Design Lab.

Here are some recent projects:

  • Trumpet mouthpieces for school band
  • Class designed projects including Iphone case, eyeglass holder, and headphone holder.

Marshall is one of nine Pasadena Unified School District schools that received the donated printers.

"Creating the trumpet mouthpieces was a perfect opportunity to provide a real-world learning opportunity for our students," said Almena.  "We found a need and utilized our 21st century technology to fill it."

Marshall offers courses utilizing the 3D printers. Students are introduced to design and manufacturing through team-based activities that replicate the manufacturing process from concept to design to fabrication to marketing.