During the tour of the Wautoma High School Digital Manufacturing Class on April 9, Sam Kuehn demonstrated how the heat press transfers a vinyl decal to a T-shirt. Prior to placing the vinyl on the heat press, the students have to weed away the extra vinyl. Also pictured: Wautoma High School Digital Manufacturing instructor Tamara Wheaton and Greg Morales.

Wautoma School Board tours the Digital Manufacturing Classroom

Wautoma High School Digital Manufacturing students Greg Morales and Sam Kuehn, along with their instructor, Tamara Wheaton, presented a tour of their classroom as well as demonstrations of the equipment they use during the regular meeting of the Wautoma Area School Board on April 9.

Wheaton, Morales and Kuehn explained how they use the laser engraver, sublimation printing, vinyl cutter and heat press to create projects for the District.

During the presentation, Morales explained how the class uses the software CoralDraw to create designs and cut them with the vinyl cutter, while Kuehn stated that the students use the same software to design items to be engraved on the laser engraver.

Wheaton’s class is also creating name badges for the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center’s Board of Directors using the sublimation printer. The students use Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop to make an image which is reversed and printed on a special paper using sublimation ink. The printout is then placed on an item which is then placed in the heat press to be transferred.

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