Importance of 3D printing in education

3D printing is a technology that allows users to turn any digital file into a three dimensional physical product. 3D printing also allows for massive customization and unlike with music and movies, everything that is printed is protected by copyright. One of the good things about this printing technology is that it changes the dynamic of consumer culture. In other words, it turns users from being passive consumers to active creators.

How beneficial 3D printing is in education ?
Yes schools are still in the early stage of adoption of this innovative technology, but the exciting thing is what is to come. 3D printing provides several features that can revolutionize education here are some of them :

It provides teachers with 3 dimensional visual aids that they can use in their classroom particulalry in illustrating a hard to grasp concept
3D printers make it easy for teachers to seize the interest of their students compared to just showing the pictorial representations of objects.
It enhances hands-on learning and learning by doing. Using this prototyping technology, students will be able to produce realistic 3 dimensional mini-models . ( great for engineering, architecture, and multi-media arts students ).
It provides more room for interactive class activities. In biology, for instance, teachers can create a 3D model of the human heart, head. skeleten…etc to teach students about the human body.

Given all these attributes, 3D printing seems to hold some promising and ground-breaking innovation that will definitely assist in the fulfillment of a productive educational experience.

/Educational Technology and Mobile Learning/

28. Mar. 2013