I admit, it took me a few moments to get the full understanding of the type of award that Briana Ochoa-the seventh grade student at Citrus Middle School in Orange Cove- won. 

I showed up to the school early that afternoon anticipating her information on what the award was about and how she felt when she found out she placed first in the nation. 

We sat down to talk and she began telling me that the award had to do with a graphic design she created online and how she really enjoyed the process of the creation. 

Briana said it "didn't feel like work" to her. I admired her confidence and her maturity throughout our interview. She is way ahead of her years. 

I realized what the students were creating was a graphic design that could be printed in 3D. 

What a concept right? I mean, it's creating a design online and then bringing that creation to life. 

I've seen 3D printers used in a variety of fields. In the medical field, according to fda.gov, 3D printers are used to manufacture body parts, including those with complex geometry or features that match a patient’s unique anatomy.

Some devices are printed from a standard design to make multiple identical copies of the same device. Other devices, called patient-matched or patient-specific devices, are created from a specific patient’s imaging data.

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