Education

3D Printing is a new industry that has rapidly become a part of everyday business. Skills in 3D design and modelling are starting to become well regarded by future employers with new and innovative commercial applications constantly being discovered for 3D printers.

Aside from home economics and technology classes, 3D Printers are fantastic tools to improve student engagement, encourage interest in STEM subjects and break down abstract concepts with a tactile and physical 3D printed example. 

3D Printers allow students the opportunity to fully realize their ideas, providing a further understanding of mechanics / design and preparing students with useful skills and knowledge for future employment.

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K - 8 LEARNING

  • K - 5 Simple introduction to 3D design.
  • 6 - 8 Develop CAD design skills.
  • Encourages creativity and interest in STEM.
  • Problem solving group assignments.
  • Teaching mathematics / science concepts.

Materials:
PLA and PETG based plastics are the two most commonly used 3D printing materials in primary and middle schools. These plastics are easy to print, offering excellent quality and dimensional accuracy. 

PLA is derived from renewable resources (corn-starch) and both PETG and PLA require less heat when printing and are recyclable plastics. 

Both regular and tougher nano-reinforced options are available.

GRADES 9 - 12

  • Intermediate CAD Design (Engineering & maths).
  • Teaching Models and Aid. (Biology, Chemistry, Maths)
  • Technology & Home Economics.
  • Problem solving group assignments.

Materials:
In addition to PLA and PETG based plastics, high schools are also using nano-reinforced versions (PolyMax™ PLA and PETG) for improved mechanical properties along with materials like PolyMide™ Nylon for technical applications. 

These plastics are recyclable and easy to print with on most machines, offering excellent quality, dimensional accuracy and beneficial mechanical properties. 
 

UNIVERSITY

  • Research & Design
  • University Research and Projects
  • A complimentary tool to other manufacturing methods.
  • Student Projects

Materials:
PLA, PETG, ABS, PolyMide Nylon and PolyCarbonate are among the most used materials by universities.

Industrial materials like Ultem and PEEK are also growing in popularity for testing and research based applications.

Cases & Examples

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