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How Can 3D Printers Be Used for Educational Purposes?

3D printers have a variety of uses in numerous professions, for the home and hobbyist, and are now gaining acclaim in the classroom and other educational settings. 3D printers print objects, not with ink, but with substantive materials like plastic, metal or rubber. 3D printers have become much more affordable and easier to use, and they offer educational benefits for almost every grade.

Technology in the classroom has gained great traction, and as it shifts and develops, its uses become continually varied. Engineering, chemistry, math, biology and architecture, just to name a few, all make use of 3D printers, but the real advantages lie in the development of imagination and creativity. All kids, big and small, can benefit from the burst of imaginative capabilities that result from educational technology.

3D Printing Improves Classroom and Online Learning

Most students learn better when classrooms are fun and engaging. 3D printing allows educators to design rich learning experiences for deep theoretical constructs that bring learning from computer screens into students' hands. Some students will think they are playing and just having fun, but in essence, they are learning valuable lessons about design, theory and the manipulation of objects. This experience yields enhanced problem solving techniques that apply to every profession, culture and language. Adding technology to the classroom opens doors to discovering how today's students think and synthesize information into useful constructs. Digital 3D worlds come to life with 3D printers, which can encourage sharing, teamwork, planning, design, and thinking through difficult or complex ideas.

3D Printing Fuels the Creative Process

When a future scientist or engineer or mathematician can hold in his or her hands the actual model he or she has built, it can increase creativity and enthusiasm. These 3D models can feature impressive details that are precise and durable. An idea can now become a reality that the student can measure, hold, bend, fold and continue to improve. The technology that many adults use on the job is now the same technology used in the classroom in many instances, meaning tomorrow's job-seekers will already have the experience their managers and supervisors require when they begin their careers.

Education, Medicine, Aerospace, Engineering and More All Benefit From 3D Printing

Educational technology is the wave of accelerating progress, delivering on the future of design potential, and making the earth a better learning environment. Today, if a student can dream it, he or she can create it with 3D printing. The creative process, the role of discovery and the imagination all become more fruitful through 3D printing.

Many industries and professions around the world now use 3D printing. It is not bound by culture or language. Education uses this form of technology to unlock a student's hidden potential; if the student has an idea, he or she can bring it to life in a 3D model. The high-tech digital world can now fit in one's hands, where today’s students can improve upon it for a better tomorrow.

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Sources:

http://www.teachthought.com/the-future-of-learning/technology/10-ways-3d-printing-can-be-used-in-education/

http://3dprintingsystems.com/education/

http://www.stratasys.com/industries/education


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