Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Mines Students Sell Steel and 3D Printed Roses for Valentine’s Day

Steel roses are an excellent Valentine’s Day present and they sell out very quickly each year.


South Dakota School of Mines & Technology’s  student chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS) has been hard at work heating, twisting, bending and grinding steel into unique handmade steel roses, while the 3D Printing Club has been carefully creating silky filament roses – all in honor of Valentine’s Day. 

(Update: Roses have now sold out - please check back in 2020).  

Both types of roses will be sold by the clubs. The steel roses are $40 each. The roses can be purchased on the chapter’s website.  Supply is limited and the roses sell out quickly each week. The 3D printed roses are $10 and will be sold during the Sweetheart Dinner & Dance Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16, at the SD Mines Music Center.

“The history of giving roses for Valentine's Day can be tracked back to the late 17th Century where the giving of red roses represented passion,” says Kassidy Kitzmiller, a metallurgical engineering major and AWS Welding Student Chapter president. “With the variety of colors, you can choose a color that represents your everlasting feelings for that someone special."

No two handcrafted steel roses are alike. A range of colors are available from more natural looking heat-treated roses to traditional red, along with shades of white and blue. The 3D roses will come in red, blue and purple with green stems.

All proceeds from the sale of roses benefit SD Mines students. The AWS Welding Student Chapter uses the money raised in the sale of steel roses to pay for safety goggles, leather gloves, metals and other materials for its activities throughout the year. The 3D Printing Club will split the proceeds between SD Mines music scholarship fundraising and upgrades to 3D printers.

Members of the AWS Welding Student Chapter gather each Thursday afternoon at the shop on the west side of O’Harra Stadium on campus to hone their skills. 

To learn more about the AWS Welding Student Chapter, or to order steel-roses visit the club’s website (https://www.awsroses.com/) (sold out) or contact club members at blackhillsaws@mines.sdsmt.edu. Contact the 3D Printing Club here



About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

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