3D printing enables the students and teachers to bring objects out of the computer screens and put them into the hands of the students to inspect and analyze the physical aspect of concepts.
As young children, our minds are the most receptive, and we tend to learn and imbibe things better. That’s why we are sent to schools at an early age.
In many of the countries, the education system stresses on providing the students a theoretical knowledge of concepts from the very beginning of the schooling years. However, mere theoretical knowledge does not suffice in the era of rapid transformation and therefore students need to meet the practicality of live concepts right from the beginning of their ‘most receptive’ phase of life.
This is why the concept of 3D printing got introduced in the education system, to make the students meet the needs of practicality. With the market expected to touch $32.78 billion by 2023 globally, 3D printing has opened up a lot more opportunities in the education business.
Read on to explore how 3D printing can transform the education sector and provides a bulk of opportunities in the sector.
How does 3D Printing Work?
A 3D printer works by printing objects, not just by a normal ink that a regular printer uses, but with the more substantive materials such as plastics, metal, rubber and others. The technology is so precise that it scans the object and slices it into layers and then converts it into a physical object.
A product that is derived from the 3D printer is an intricate, durable, functional and can be called, real-world equivalent.
As far as how this can be useful in education, it enables the students and teachers to bring out objects out of the computer screens and put them into the hands of the students to inspect, analyze and reap out all the benefits that the object can provide through its physical presence. The technology bridges the gap between physical and theoretical knowledge.
Manufacturing of 3D Printers for educational purposes
Big players in the printing industry such as Inkjet, Imaginarium, Massivit and others, are launching a fresh range of 3D printers every now and then in the market. With the advent of 3D printers and pens in the market, the institutions are willing to invest on 3D printing more confidently, and this gives the industry to grow even further in the market.
3D printers and pens are now being used at primary, secondary and university levels in order to familiarize the students with the concept. At the primary level and secondary levels, the technology is being used to create interactive, technical and mechanical lessons, which are difficult to understand and memorize. 3D visuals are being used to aid teachers in explaining the students the most complex concepts in a much easier way.
At the university level, 3D printing is being used in order to develop designs, and is playing crucial role in improving the delivery of knowledge in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum.