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Instructors and students are continually discovering new applications for 3d printing in education , especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Recently, a group of soil scientists at Abertay University in the UK, combined x-ray Computed Tomography (CT scanning) and 3D printing technology to take a closer look a microscopic soil structures. The purpose of the study was to determine how soil particles and living organisms, such as fungi and bacteria interact with each other.
To accomplish this, the researchers used the CT scanner to create a 3D image of soil structures. They then used a 3D printer to create much larger, hand-held objects so they could be studied in much greater detail. This enabled researchers to examine the intricate structures without damaging them in the process.
This is just one example of the myriad ways in which 3D printing is revolutionizing the way that students can experiment with new scientific research methods and concepts. Students can use 3D printing to quickly create a physical prototype of an idea. This is an excellent way to learn engineering principles using hands-on methods. Students can discover in real-time, whether an idea will work, troubleshoot issues and improve the design. The quick turn-around time of a 3D printer coupled with the physical nature of 3D object creation creates a perfect environment for learning.
In recent years, the United States government has begun to recognize the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In order to remain competitive in the global marketplace, there is a tremendous need for more teachers and students who are skilled in STEM-related fields.
3D printing technology is clearly becoming an integral part of STEM education and innovation. There are many reasons for this, but at the high-school level, perhaps the most compelling is its ability to quickly give concepts a physical reality. The key to increasing the number of students interested in pursuing careers in STEM fields is to foster passion for these disciplines in young people and their teachers. It is easy to see why 3D printing is a key component in capturing and keeping the attention of students.