The trust was delighted, in January 2011, to present Thurston Community College with a Rapman 3D modeller , which will help to enhance the work of the College’s Design Department This 3D printer builds the parts up in layers of plastic with the help of a custom-made Thermoplast Extruder. The machine takes a 3mm diameter filament of a polymer, forces it down a heated barrel, and then extrudes it as a melt out of a fine nozzle. The resulting thin stream is laid down in layers to form the piece desired.
The Trust’s gift was to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Vinten brand and it is hoped to present similar gifts to all of the Bury St Edmunds Upper Schools during the year. For more information on the Rapman modellers visit

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