Classroom: Bring in Real-World Comprehension with 3D Printing

Education Technology Insights | Friday, February 26, 2021

3D printing makes learning active, offers students hands-on training, and brings their CAD projects to life. Students can apply academic principles to 3D printing to better absorb the material in addition to reading books and reading notes.

FREMONT, CA: In the last few years, 3D printing has taken off. Advances in the 3D printing industry have made equipment that was once prohibitive and much more intuitive for teachers and pupils. 3D printing has changed various industries: engineering, construction, dentistry, nursing, film, jewelry, audiology, and education. It is now time for schools to accept 3D printing so that today's students can become tomorrow's innovators. In addition to assisting with work planning, 3D printing is a beneficial learning platform that inspires innovation.

Benefits of 3D Printing in the Classroom

Classrooms need to be modernized. This includes equipping students with basic equipment such as modern laptops and audio-visual instruments like smartborads and projectors. Instead of forbidding technology in the classroom, teachers can encourage students to learn with the aid of technology. 3D printers do not sound basic, but they have proved to be basic tools. Recently, 3D printers have created a lot of interest for educational purposes. According to one research, 3D printers have considerable potential as a teaching aid and can positively affect student involvement and learning.

3D printing makes learning active, offers students hands-on training, and brings their CAD projects to life. Students can apply academic principles to 3D printing to better absorb the material in addition to reading books and reading notes. This is exceptionally useful to visual learners. For example, in human anatomy courses, students will print bones and organs to understand the human body. By 3D printing, students also attain analytical skills—they interpret the shape, size, movement, and relationships between objects.

In comparison, 3D printing facilitates real-world comprehension. By studying and doing so, students can see the effect their 3D printed pieces may have on the physical world. Educators play an essential part in making students appreciate the effect 3D printing has on their everyday lives.

3D printing in the classroom has implications that reach beyond STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). 3D printers are innovative instruments that extend the imagination. There is almost no restriction on what students will print. Students without CAD skills will create 3D objects in VR and then print them.

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