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State Fair Shows Off Latest Gadgets

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YAKIMA, Wash.--The Central Washington State Fair isn't all about delicious food, rides and barn animals. It also offers a look at some of the latest technology.

The MakerBot can make everything from tiny plastic guitars, duck calls or even an iPhone holder. First, make a design on a computer. Next, send it as a file to the 3-D printer and watch it come out as a physical, 3-D object.

A representative from the Yakima School District said people can use MakerBot's to design prototypes of pieces they need to make replicas for machinery or even dentistry.

"Is this nut and bolt really going to work in the part that I need it to work for? I can test it out, and if it does work then I can say okay, now I need to get a metal one made," said Eric Franz, who provides Tech Support for Yakima Schools. "I can send the file off to a manufacturer who can make me the metal bolts to exactly what I need."

The STEM building has a ton more to offer like hi-tech welding and robotics demonstrations by local students. Students we spoke with said they're excited to show off the cool skills they've learned in school.

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