You're an educator and you have a 3D printer, or are getting one. How can you use it to enhance your curricula? 3D printing, scanning and software can be incorporated into school programs, and integrated across S.T.E.A.M subjects. From introductory activities to week-long projects to year-round curriculum, 3D printing brings 21st-century skills and project-based, experiential learning into your classroom. What are some of the benefits of using 3D printing in the classroom?
It teaches that it is OK to make mistakes. On many occasions students would print their designs and realize that it was not quite right – maybe a hole needed to be 2mm smaller or a chamfer angle needed adjusting. This could been seen as mistakes but actually they are valuable learning experiences and would mean the students would then have to alter their CAD designs and then re-print. This is exactly how real life everyday products are designed. It’s almost impossible to design something and get it right first time so the experience is not one of failure, but one of learning and real life. This then encourages perseverance and a determination to succeed as they want to get their designs right, even if it does take multiple attempts. ~ PC, Educator, UK
3D Printing using FDM technology is a powerful tool that cuts lead times, reduces time to market, increases product quality, and enhances collaboration.
Participants will gain hands-on experience to help them use FDM technology.
The course is suitable for educators, hobbyists and professionals with no previous 3D Printing skills. It was designed for artists, engineers, designers, technicians, managers, students and other professionals.