In fact, what it is you’re actually producing depends on what is being printed: if it’s toy jewelry, rubber balls, and plastic chess pieces your after, you’re printing not an analogue of the real thing, but the real thing itself. Confused yet?
As far as how this can be used in education, it’s a matter of bringing objects out of the computer screen and into the hands of students for inspection, analysis, and other processes that can benefit from physical manipulation. In that way, 3D printers may eventually be able to bridge the gap between the physical and the digital–use a screen to find what you need, then print it into existence.
10 Ways benefits of 3d printing in education
1. Engineering design students can print out prototypes
2. Architecture students can print out 3D models of designs : 3d printing architectural models
3. History classes can print out historical artifacts for examination : 3d printing art exhibition
4. Graphic Design students can print out 3D versions of their artwork
5. Geography students can print out topography, demographic, or population maps
6. Cooking students can create molds for food products
7. Automotive students can print out replacement parts or modified examples of existing parts for testing : 3d printing automotive parts
8. Chemistry students can print out 3D models of molecules
9. Biology students can print out cells, viruses, organs, and other critical biological artifacts : 3d bioprinting of tissues and organs | 3d printing medical equipment
10. Math students can print out “problems” to solve in their own learning spaces, from scale models to city infrastructural design challenges