John Miralles

Kate Archer Kent

There are a handful of 3-D printers in the Shreveport/Bossier area, and all are being put to different uses, according to the head of LSU Shreveport's animation and digital effects program. John Miralles purchased one several years ago through a grant. He said it’s enhancing the skill set of his students. The printer uses heated plastic in a layering process to turn his students’ computer designs into real objects.

"We’re doing creative projects with an engineering-grade technology," Miralles said, as he peered into the printer's viewing window that resembles a convection oven.

A $500,000 grant from the Caddo Parish Commission will establish a yearlong, non-credit certificate program in digital media at LSU Shreveport. Program director John Miralles says applicants must have completed high school will go through a rigorous evaluation process before being admitted to the 35-hour per week program taught by area industry professionals.