3D printing is becoming a game changer in schools and educational centers. It provides a whole new level of creative teaching methods and understanding for students. And thanks to greater accessibility, it’s easier than ever to bring 3D printers into the classroom.
3D printing can be applied at all educational levels, from elementary schools to universities. Not to mention that almost any subject can be more easily taught with a 3D printer. A science teacher, for example, can have their students 3D model and 3D print a bottle rocket. Meanwhile, a geography teacher can 3D print the terrain from somewhere in the world to help the students better understand a region different from their home. This can help to make the learning process more interesting.
These are just a few examples, but the applications of 3D printing in education are quite vast. And it’s not as hard to integrate 3D printing into your curriculum as you might think…
There are a few ways to introduce 3D printing to your classroom. We recommend reading up on the different possibilities to find what’ll work best in your classroom. The internet is filled with information, but we’ve cherry-picked a few places, including 3D printing companies and 3D model repositories, that we think are the most useful:
There are quite a few 3D printers well-suited for education. Here’s a few of the best according to price, capacity and user experience:
Now that you’ve chosen the right 3D printer, it’s time to choose the software that is suitable for you and your students’ skills. Here, we list two of the most simple and easy-to-use 3D modeling programs that can be used for 3D printing:
3D printing in education is about not only being more didactic but also bringing concepts to life and enhancing communication between teachers and students by simplifying both theory and practice.
The benefits of 3D printing in schools are clear. As an educator, you’re gaining knowledge, curriculum, and new skills, yourself. For your students, you’ll be introducing a new technology to help them learn to think, design, and make things related to any subject, enhancing their creativity and improving their learning skills too.
With 3D printing companies offering more and more platforms and resources for 3D printing in education, it’s becoming easier and easier to implement 3D printing in more than just science classrooms.
You have nothing to lose! 3D printing may soon become a standard in all schools, so why wait?
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