How does a 3D Printer work?
A 3D printer “prints” objects, but instead of using ink, it uses plastics, metals, and other materials. You can create an object using a software program such as Sketch Up Pro, find a pattern online or scan an object. The 3D printer converts that information into a physical object.
How can 3D printing add value in education?
- Social Studies and History students can print out historical artifacts
- Math students can visualize math concepts and proofs by 3D printing them
- 3D Printing of Mathematical Models
- Study Paper - Illustrating Mathematics Using 3D Printers
- Geography students can print out topography, or population maps
- Home Economics students can custom create molds or cookie cutters for food products
- Automotive students can print out replacement parts or modified examples of existing parts for testing
- Art/Graphic Design students can print out 3D versions of their artwork
- Science students can print out 3D models of molecules, cells, organs, and other critical biological artifacts