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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Solving Real World Problems with New Tech

The future is here. Our days read like a science fiction novel, and the cutting edge is just a web search away. Our computer repair center here at Denton ISD has taken the first step in manufacturing its own parts! Cody Belcher, a new member of our Data Network Team, chose a new way of fixing an old problem, using 3D printing to update our older computers.
Cody found his inspiration in a definite need. One way to update computers is to add an SSD (Solid State) drive to run the Windows Operating System. But the old form factors that the district has purchased aren’t designed for these new, smaller drives. The problem was to find a way to fit the little drive into the big old drive bay. “There were some cumbersome solutions we could have purchased, and I knew there had to be a better way. I found a simple design on the Internet, with Ross Garison’s help”, Cody said.

Ross Garison, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, helped Cody look through some different designs. “We finally found something we liked on Thingiverse. We went through a lot of designs until we finally found one that worked.”

Cody used a Makerbot Replicator to print out the downloaded design.

Technology never sits still, and today’s wonderful desktop is old just a few years later. As DISD maintains our fleet of computers by upgrading with solid state drives, we can save money by printing hard drive bays rather than purchasing them. Cody added “These purchased items also take time to ship, so we save money and time. Now, all we have to do is print it out and install it!”

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