2 Aiken Technical College students are finalists in national contest

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Two Aiken Technical College students have been chosen as top 10 finalists in the Extreme Redesign Contest sponsored by Dimension 3D Printing, according to a college news release.

Matthew Hardy and Ryan Mills invented a new design for a guitar pickup bobbin, the part of an electric guitar that turns the vibrations of the strings into electronic signals. Their redesigned pickup allows the individual poles to be height adjustable.

Hardy originally had the idea for the redesign and decided to use it as part of a class assignment. Mills helped turn the idea into a computer model using the 3D imaging program Autodesk Inventor 3D.

“I was surprised,” Mills said with a smile about the news. “I got a call from my instructor, Mark Meyer, about it and then e-mailed Matt the news. I’m still shocked.”

Hardy was also excited.

“It’s pretty cool for something as simple as a guitar bobbin,” he said. “I had just replaced the pickup on my guitar and I started looking at an extra pickup and I got the idea for it.”

It took the pair about three weeks to conceptualize and develop the design using the computer program.

The judges at Dimension 3D Printing are evaluating the top 10 nominees, and winners will be announced in late spring. Dimension 3D Printing is a subsidiary of Stratasys Inc., a manufacturer of rapid prototyping systems for automotive, aerospace, industrial, recreational, electronic, medical and consumer product manufacturers.

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