Posted at: 04/23/2013 6:16 PM
Updated at: 04/23/2013 6:28 PM
It's a first for any high school in Minnesota. The high tech FLOW water jet is now in use in Nashwauk.
Technology education teacher Joe Gabardi said it's the fastest growing cutting system there is, and he wanted his students to experience it.
So thanks to help from the city of Nashwauk, the Applied Learning Institute, and the school district, the $150,000 machine made its way to the school.
It came about two weeks ago, and took a technician a week to put together.
Now students can cut through almost any material, the exceptions being diamond and tempered glass. And they have precision on their side.
They've already started creating signs for their school. Students shared their excitement with us.
A.J. Emanuel said, "You can transfer images off a jump drive from the internet, and the program turns it in to a file the FLOW equipment can use."
They even created a Channel 10/13 logo!
Josh Engel said, "This basically takes cutting to a whole new level. We can make anything from sauna stoves to lettering for the gym."
Joe Korpi added, "I am planning on being an engineer, and it's good to know how to use something like this."
City leaders like Mayor Bill Hendricks and city councilor Brian Gangl told us that money came from a fund called school to work, that originally had been started for a Vo-tech school in Nashwauk.