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South Boston student helps with historic home renovation

Product Design & Development student Joshua Brooks recently completed a reproduction of rosettes (ornamental doorframe moulding) for a 130-year old farmhouse renovation in the Callands community.

As Pittsylvania County resident Betty Knick began renovating the home’s detached kitchen she had difficulty matching rosettes from the back of the house with those originally in the front of the house. After some searching, it was suggested that the Product Design & Development program at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center might be able to help. She reached out to the program and found the help she needed.

Using the TopSolid computer-aided design software, second year Product Design & Development student Joshua Brooks was able to create 3-D drawings of the original rosette.

He then used those files to manufacture 10 identical rosettes on a 3-axis CNC router. The rosette project highlights the advanced manufacturing and technical skills students in the Product Design & Development program obtain. Unlike a traditional woodworking program, PD&D students obtain skills in design, engineering, advanced manufacturing, and commercialization. These skills provide students with the training and education needed to thrive in today’s high-tech industrial workplace.

As more companies bring manufacturing operations back to the United States students who have obtained advanced skills training will be prepared to meet the growing demand.

The Product Design & Development program at the SVHEC is offered in partnership with Danville Community College. For more information about the program visit www.svhed.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 434-572-5505 and toll free 1-800-283-0098 extension 5505.