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Pitt State G3 Expo gives attendees in-depth look at graphics, gadgets and games

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     Some residents in Pittsburg are taking extra steps to stay current with technology.  The Pitt State G3 Expo gives attendees an in-depth look at graphics, gadgets and games. 
From 3D animation to photography and video editing, the expo covers the spectrum in the vast world of technology. 
(take sot, Kenzi Jordan, Pitt State student)
"It's nice because you can have a really well-rounded idea of all these different things you can do," said Kenzi Jordan, senior at Pitt State.
Professionals in imaging and graphics gave presentations on the latest innovations.
"That's one thing about technology and graphics, it is always always changing and you are constantly following what is going on," said Blade Broaddus, presenter from Ramsey Media Works.
Changes include an increase in 3D technology in various businesses.
"3D animation is a really big deal anyways in movies and it's very important to become informed and to know a little more about that," said Kayla Justice, junior at Pitt State.
One way students are incorporating the new technology is through 3D printing.
In certain classes, Pitt State students have access to a 3D printer, which prints a plastic representation of 3D models they design, a cost effective tool beginning to be used by a lot of companies.
"Before they go make it in metal or actually construct it, they can do a test prototype, and see if it is feasible," said Akram Taghavi-Burris, Assistant Professor in the Graphics, Images and Technologies Department.  "Is it going to work the way you think it is?"
"It's a definite problem solver, time saver and it definitely saves money in the long run too," said Jenn Bradley, junior at Pitt State.
Bradley says some are even turning to 3D business cards when searching for a job.
And some expect 3D printing to reach further than just the work world.
"Eventually, what we'll probably be seeing in the future, is these are going to become home replicators," Taghavi-Burris said.  "You'll buy a phone case cover and it will be sent to you in a file and the 3D printer will print it out for you and you can have it instantly in your home."
But for now, students are using it to try to get ahead in their future careers.
Today's expo also included video game and Photoshop competitions throughout the day. 
Organizers say they are planning to come back again next year.
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