How 3D Printers Help Teachers

3D printing is growing in terms of use and popularity over the last three years as it’s technological capabilities expand. People from a cross section of industries are discovering the benefits  that 3D printers can provide. One of the industries in which 3D printers is offering an incredible amount of opportunity is in education where teachers can provide access to hands on learning tools at a fraction of the cost that they could before.

For most students, hands on learning is much more interesting than reading a textbook or simply looking at a picture. The practice of being able to not only visually see or hear about a subject, but being able to physically hold and see the objects pertaining to that subject make the learning experience much more interactive and therefore, much more memorable and engaging. A recent study by Purdue University has even found that interactive and hands-on learning improves student critical thinking skills.

With the use of 3D printers, teachers can now easily print off models or objects that provide them with 3 dimensional visual aids that they can use in their classroom particularly in illustrating a hard to grasp concept. While of course teacher can currently use objects to show students, professional and accurate models and replicas can be quite costly and difficult to find, but with 3D printers, objects are relatively cheap to print and can be printed whenever needed. In addition, having this technology available in schools, students will be able to produce realistic 3 dimensional mini-models, great for engineering, architecture, and multi-media arts students.

Massive Media recently saw a video where students were 3D printing dinosaur bones to create hands on models and really see what the bones looked like. So Massive got a hold of a 3D printer by Afinia, and decided to print some dino bones of our own! Here’s how it turned out by watching the video below.

As you can see from the video, the Afinia 3D printer not only printed out a great dinosaur skull replica that would be great for educational purposes, but the printer  easily fits on a desktop.

While schools are still in the early stage of adoption of this innovative technology, it is clear that 3D printing provides many beneficial features for teachers and students when used in the Educational industry.

Questions about 3D printers or how 3D printers help teachers? Feel free to leave your comments here and we will tell you what we’ve learned so far!

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