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How is 3D Printing Used in Education?
Industry Insights Mar 30,2022 89
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Applying 3D printing in education has a wide variety of important uses in primary and secondary schools, universities, libraries, technical colleges, and other educational settings.

3D printing has changed the manufacturing world for the better. Many manufacturers use 3D printing or additive manufacturing technologies to produce airplane parts, prosthetic limbs, and even 3D-printed medications.

In education, 3D printing technologies facilitate improved learning, skills development, and increased student and teacher engagement with the subject matter. Furthermore, 3D printing sparks greater creativity and collaboration in solving problems.

How is 3D Printing Used in Education?

Broadly speaking, there are four main use cases for 3D printing in educational settings, which are:

 Teaching students about 3D printing, how 3D printing technology works, and its applications in real-world scenarios (e.g. streamlining industrial processes)

Informing educators about 3D printing so it can be incorporated appropriately into learning curriculums

Improving student creativity and design skills

Printing artifacts that aid students’ understanding of important concepts (e.g. 3D-printed anatomical artifacts)

10 Ways 3D Printing Can Be Used In Education

1.Engineering design students can print out prototypes

2.Architecture students can print out 3D models of designs

3. History classes can print out historical artifacts for examination

4. Graphic Design students can print out 3D versions of their artwork

5. Geography students can print out topography, demographic, or population maps

6. Cooking students can create molds for food products

7. Automotive students can print out replacement parts or modified examples of existing parts for testing

8. Chemistry students can print out 3D models of molecules

9. Biology students can print out cells, viruses, organs, and other critical biological artifacts

10.Math students can print out “problems” to solve in their own learning spaces, from scale models to city infrastructural design challenges