3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.
The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced cross-section of the object.
3D printers have a variety of uses in numerous professions, for the home and hobbyist, and are now gaining acclaim in the classroom and other educational settings. 3D printers print objects, not with ink, but with substantive materials like plastic, metal or rubber. 3D printers have become much more affordable and easier to use, and they offer educational benefits for almost every grade.
Technology in the classroom has gained great traction, and as it shifts and develops, its uses become continually varied. Engineering, chemistry, math, biology and architecture, just to name a few, all make use of 3D printers, but the real advantages lie in the development of imagination and creativity. All kids, big and small, can benefit from the burst of imaginative capabilities that result from educational technology.
Most students learn better when classrooms are fun and engaging. 3D printing allows educators to design rich learning experiences for deep theoretical constructs that bring learning from computer screens into students' hands.Some students will think they are playing and just having fun, but in essence, they are learning valuable lessons about design, theory and the manipulation of objects. Adding technology to the classroom opens doors to discovering how today's students think and synthesize information into useful constructs.
Educational technology is the wave of accelerating progress, delivering on the future of design potential, and making the earth a better learning environment. An idea can now become a reality that the student can measure, hold, bend, fold and continue to improve. The technology that many adults use on the job is now the same technology used in the classroom in many instances, meaning tomorrow's job-seekers will already have the experience their managers and supervisors require when they begin their careers.