Katrien en Ine
The Bett exposition in London (24 -25 January, Excel) with some examples of 3D-printing visit by Katrien en Ine
What's the definition of 3D printing?
3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. 3D printing is also considered distinct from traditional machining techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling (subtractive processes).
While 3D printing technology has been around since the 1980s, it was not until the early 2010s that the printers became widely available commercially. The first working 3D printer was created in 1984 by Chuck Hull of 3D Systems Corp. Since the start of the 21st century there has been a large growth in the sales of these machines, and their price has dropped substantially. According to Wohlers Associates, a consultancy, the market for 3D printers and services was worth $2.2 billion worldwide in 2012, up 29% from 2011.
The 3D printing technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing with applications in architecture, construction (AEC), industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, engineering, dental and medical industries, biotech (human tissue replacement), fashion, footwear, jewelry, eyewear, education, geographic information systems, food, and many other fields. One study has found that open source 3D printing could become a mass market item because domestic 3D printers can offset their capital costs by enabling consumers to avoid costs associated with purchasing common household objects.
3DPrinting in practice, see it.
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.
In Belgium will Educentrum open a Fyxxilab where children from an age of 5 till 14 can practise with a lot of new technology for education.
In the Horizon report you can find an article that gives a time to adoption the 3DPrinting for 4 to 5 yours.
And this is also 3DPrinting... making chocolates