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How to combine 3D printing with primary and secondary education
Jan 18, 2018

3D printing technology, is widely regarded as one of the important symbol of the third industrial revolution, because it can be in a short time, simple process produced by complex structure, precise size, special performance art model, and other parts, so it like in industrial applications such as bamboo shoots after a spring rain manufacturing, bio medical, architectural engineering and science research etc.. Print a car, print a bone, print a house... What will the 3D printing technology bring when the magic application of this technology is common to the network of the newspapers and into the classroom?

The 3D printing technology in developed countries has already entered the field of education. In the United States, almost all primary and secondary schools have set up a 3D print course. 3D printing has become a powerful means of "intelligent manufacturing in the United States" and has become an important weight in the competition of manufacturing industry in China and the United States through the cultivation of innovative awareness and technological means for 3D printing.


Although the application of 3D printing in the field of education is still in its infancy, with the gradual lowering of the threshold and application area of 3D printers in China, the magic and skills have once again attracted the public's attention. At present, 3D printers have been introduced into some primary and secondary schools and institutions of higher learning, especially in the field of basic education.

In Shenzhen, the forefront of innovation, it has already begun to explore the combination of 3D printing and teaching. Nanshan experimental primary school, Nanshan foreign language school, Yucai School 2, Shekou, Moon Bay Primary School, Lynwood middle school, with the school, Pearl Primary School, Shenzhen primary school, Matilda experimental school and so on, have been incorporated into 3D creating alliances, bold innovation in the new technological revolution, to the creation of 3D printing course, primary and secondary information rich technical subject, stimulate the creativity of students and cultivating the ability of thinking.


Due to 3D printing technology to achieve the organic combination of virtual world and the real world, 3D printers into the campus will make students get training in innovation ability and practice ability, the students' creativity and imagination into reality, the great development of students' ability of hands and brains, so as to realize the transformation of the mode of training school. We expect that in the next 3-5 years, there will be a lot of demand for 3D printing course in the field of basic education, high school education and even higher education. It will stand out as a new course to practice 3D printing technology.

3D printing will subvert the traditional way of Education

In fact, some bad students in traditional education, mainly because of the theoretical courses learned too strong, have no interest in memorizing abstract concepts that students passed the exam, but the exam later will soon forget, 3D printer can make a boring course to become vivid, it is a kind of at the same time have the visual and tactile learning style, a strong temptation, in tactile learning, students are not on the board or simply display text or graphics, 3D model but through their sense of touch to grasp the core concept, it can absorb and digest the knowledge, so that students not forget the lessons.

Dave White, a famous British teacher, once said: if you can catch the imagination of the students, you can catch their attention.


How do 3D printing combine with primary and secondary education?

1, open 3D printing elective course, popularize 3D printing technology. A simple 3D printing course is set up in the classroom to introduce the 3D printing technology itself. Especially for primary and secondary school students, choose some simple models as a tool for curriculum education, such as a simple model below. Molding time is controlled within one hour.


2, the teacher as the target of the teaching tool printing, is a good way for teachers to quickly make appropriate teaching tools.

For example, the biology class can help students to observe and learn by printing the structure of the organs of the body through 3D printing.


In chemistry, the complex molecular structure of 3D printing is more convenient for students to learn and observe.


History class, 3D prints the ancient relics and important events to help students understand the historical truth;


In geography class, we can print unique geological features through 3D printing, and study the special terrain and humanities knowledge. It is intuitive and vivid. It's a great way for teachers to make appropriate teaching aids quickly.


3, guide students to learn three-dimensional modeling.


At present, there are many simple and easy to use 3D design software in the market, which can be introduced into classroom teaching. For example, a series of design softwares produced by Autodesk company (such as Tinker CAD) can easily enable students to start modeling. What students have designed by their own hands will be printed directly through a 3D printer, which is a great help to improve the interest and love of the students.

4, small component team, 3D printing competition, 3D summer camp and other exchanges.

Like Shenzhen's "firewood space", 3D printing competition and theme exchange activities are regularly held, providing unlimited space for students' imagination and creativity.

5, set up a 3D creative laboratory or experience base to provide a DIY Experience Center for students to feel the cutting-edge science and technology.


Students can visit the 3D printing factory to relieve the higher level industrial 3D printers working principles outside the class desktop printer, improve the cognition of innovative technology, and print their own personalized creative works through their own practice.


However, there are still the following bottlenecks in the introduction of 3D printing on Campus:

1, 3D printing is at the initial stage of development, and there are few domestic related talents, which causes the teachers of the school curriculum to be stressed.

2. The current domestic teaching materials for students are incomplete and the education scheme is not systematized.

3. The equipment is expensive.

4. At present, 3D printing technology has some technical barriers in software modeling, such as modeling, and it is difficult for students to learn.

Because of this, 3D printing, in addition to basic education services, will derive more industrial markets.

1, 3D printing education training: training excellent 3D printing talents and providing teacher resources to the school;


2, basic type 3D printing equipment: focus on the research and development of the basic 3D printing desktop machine, reduce the cost, committed to making large quantities of printers suitable for the school;

3, research and optimize the supporting software: let 3D printing modeling software become simple and easy to operate, and gradually match the "fool" operation guide, and strive to develop children's learning software.


3D printing is not one way to promote education. In turn, the penetration of education to the field of education can also promote the evolution of 3D printing technology.

Whether it's networked remote production or intelligent manufacturing, the premise is technology support. At present, the application of 3D printing in personalized demand field, such as mold opening and handicraft manufacturing, is acceptable, but in order to be more extensive and practical, technology maturity is also needed.

If the technology wants to make a breakthrough, first of all, there is a large number of interested people, and students are undoubtedly the best group. During this period, the student group's curiosity and creativity are strongest. By gradually studying technology and putting forward their own ideas and creativity, coupled with the power of developing technology, it will nurture 3D printing industry and promote the further development of 3D printing technology.

Whether it is to promote 3D printing on education, nurturing or education on the development of the 3D industry, let us see the 3D print this innovative technology strong vitality and great prospects for development in the information technology changing, cutting-edge technology emerge in an endless stream of the moment, "to stimulate creativity, in experience" is the core concept of education in the field of information technology curriculum the reform of training the students creativity in the new experience and enjoy the fun of learning, will ignite the public venture, the highly innovative "light of the future.

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