Nick Sears, left, a 2008 graduate of Livonia Stevenson High School, and Chadd Scruggs, a 2008 graduate of Van Buren Belleville High School, look at a computer design that will be used to build a prototype in the chamber behind them at JonaTek Products, a rapid prototyping and manufacturing firm in Livonia.
Ron Wilson sits behind an array of objects designed by his students at the Livonia Career Technical Center. A local firm builds prototypes of the students’ work, giving them the chance to see finished versions of their CAD efforts.
This prototype of an intake manifold for a Chevrolet Corvette was built at JonaTek Products in Livonia using the company’s laser sintering chamber. Students at the nearby Livonia Career Technical Center have sent their own designs to be made into prototypes at the firm, typically for less-complicated items.