678 ET ~ Week Seven: How can 3D printing change the way we think about education?
When I first read this title, all I could think of is all the wasted paper my kids have from printing Minecraft pages and Peanutize characters. I have to admit, I had not seen how the printers work until I looked on the 3dprinting.com site. I was impressed by the technology.
“3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created (3dprinting.com).”
As mentioned above 3d printing creates objects from modeling sites. The most used ingredient is plastic. However, we did see how the printers can make food, shoes, houses, and used even in the medical field for cloning.
There are so many ways that this technology could be used for education. The tinkering side to the growth mindset is very involved in this invention. I think the first lesson plans for this machinery might be standardized and even elementary at first. However, I think that the students will be able to create many new inventions after getting the foundation to what the device can do. I could see elementary schools using creations to support learning the alphabet and math problems. I can see adding models to reports later in the middle grades. In high school, I could see building robots and model cars. The opportunities to create inventions will be endless.
In addition, when you break or lose a small plastic piece to just about anything, you can just engineer the needed part! I can see how this is a great invention for not only education and health but also the automotive industry. I do wonder if recreating a part say for Nissan, will be a violation of a copyright.
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