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June 2015 Science News

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June 2015 Science News

Getting Started with 3D Printing in the Classroom

Q&A with the Ward's Science Plus Us Team

For years, 3D printing has been making headlines across the globe for powering new innovations and solving real-world problems in manufacturing, medicine, engineering and design.

Now most recently, 3D printing is allowing students to turn ideas into realities in the classroom with accessible equipment designed specifically for education, taking STEM education and students innovation to a whole new level.

Incorporating a 3D printer in your science classroom may be easier and more affordable than you think.

We asked, Matt, our Ward's Science Plus Us physics and 3D printer expert, to share his thoughts on the benefits of teaching with 3D printers, and how to choose the right model for your classroom.

Check out his response below.

Q: What is 3D printing and how does it work?

A: 3D printing is the process of designing and building a three dimensional object using a computer aided design (CAD) program, 3D printer, and building materirals of your choice, known as filament. Much like a 2D printer, the digital design file is sent to the printer, which then lays down thin layers of filament one by one, building vertically until the object is complete.

Q: How do 3D printers help students and teachers in the science classroom?

A: 3D printers allow students to apply science, engineering, and math concepts to create real-life object that they can hold in their hands. When they can see the tangible results of their ideas and hard work, it's extremely motivating and they become more engaged and invested in their learning. Because 3D printing produces a physical model of conceptual design, students are able to visualize and test the accuracy of their design, and then modify and re-print until it's just right. This is the true process of innovation, building key problem solving and creativity skills that translate to real-world careers and entrepreneurship. 

Q: Where else can teachers go if they need help selecting a 3D printer or have more questions?

A: Give me a call or send me an email! If you're not sure which model is right for you, I can personally walk you through the process and help you choose the right 3D printer for your project and classroom needs. Just give me a shout out at sciencehelp@vwr.com or 866-260-0501.

Need help funding you school's 3D printer purchase? Talk to our Ward's Science Grants Consultant. We can help you locate and secure grant funding opportunities to support your science and technology program. Our in-house grants consultant will work one-on-one with you to help identify opportunities, write your grant, design and develop programs that funders will support, and much more - and it's all complimentary! For more information, visit wardsci.com/grants or contact our grants consultant to get started.

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