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3D printer education is slowly becoming more ubiquitous in schools as knowledge on how to use 3D printers becomes as essential as learning how to use a computer. Before the end of the decade, current students will likely be using 3D printers everywhere and can potentially use those skills to nurture a career.
In the immediate term, the benefits of having kids exposed to 3D printers goes beyond just future career opportunities. It opens up overall learning on a profoundly new level that will change how our new generations perceive the world.
Visual or Tangible Teaching Aids
Having a 3D printer in a school enables a teacher to scan an object and print it for students to hold or see in perfect 3D form. This can be a very valuable tool when a teacher needs to make a complex concept understandable, particularly in science. Imagine being able to print out scanned 3D objects from inside the human body, such as a brain or other internal organ. The same can apply to works of art like sculptures, allowing students to inspect the details up close.
Making Learning More Fun
Had 3D printers been around decades ago, it likely would have kept many more students attentive in class. It also would have been awe-inspiring a generation ago to be able to print out 3D objects for classroom learning. Having it available now will inspire kids to learn and keep them more intellectually engaged in their classes over merely seeing images in a book or other pictorial aids. They'll also be able to see the world from a unique perspective that can help shape their world view to something greater.
Having those tangible 3D objects available helps students have a chance to examine the texture of things that would have been impossible a few years ago. Seeing something is one thing, but having a chance to know what it's like to hold a 3D representation of a human brain or a great piece of art is a learning experience like no other.
Colleges Starting to Employ 3D Printing Courses
Universities are already starting to employ 3D printing courses as a way to help those entering college get a leg up on the technology. Currently, NYU is offering a course in Rapid Prototyping as a technology that makes 3D printing possible. They offer four different courses you need to take in order to receive a certificate in this field. These include visual drawing, product design fundamentals, digital sculpting, and the general course of rapid prototyping.
They even offer some electives to expand your horizons, including 3D animation skills. You can also learn how to use two popular 3D design software tools: SolidWorks I and Cinema 4D.