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Date:2016-03-22 Hits:3873


Preparing students for their future careers and teaching them valuable skills are not the only important aspects of implementing 3D printing in educational programs.

It serves as an extra revolutionizing tool to aid in many areas of education and provides teachers with new ways of getting their message across!


Primary Education (10 to 12 yrs)

This curriculum allows children and their teachers to first become familiar with 3D printing. In this lesson plan (14 lessons in total), children acquire the skills they need to generate input for a 3D printer as well as to operate it . The lessons are divided in an orientation phase, in which children learn how to operate the different software programs that operate the printer and that generate 3D printable files. And a transfer phase, in which the children are applying their skills. The lesson plan touches upon pre-existing knowledge from history, vocabulary, technical, biology and creative lessons. The lessonplan is made and tested in a parternship with Dutch primary school ‘t Palet from The Hague.

High Schools (13 to 18 yrs)

Besides focussing on the skills needed to operate a 3D printer and to generate 3D printable content, this lesson plan (consisting of 3 lessons) focuses on the practical (business) applications of 3D printing. It covers the more advanced 3D printing techniques as creating support structures, using infill and printing with different temperatures. This lessonplan is made in collaboration with Dutch high school Jacobus Fruytiercollege in Apeldoorn.


Implementing 3D printing in education prepares students for their future careers and teaches them valuable skills. It also serves as an extra revolutionizing tool to aid in many areas of education and provides teachers with new ways of getting their message across:
Capture interest of students - Young students get bored with lots of text, making information visible helps but when you truly want to keep students interested, you print it in 3 dimensions.
Stimulate interaction during class - By using a 3D printer, any class will instantly be transformed in an interactive learning experience. Print parts of a skeleton to use for a biology class or use it for prototyping in technique classes.
Create tangible aids - Difficult concepts will not only be visible but also tangible. Anything you would normally draw out on the blackboard, can now be explained through models that students can touch and investigate from any angle.
Hands-on learning through 3D models - Especially for art and technique classes, it is great to use the prototyping capabilities to make students’ creative ideas and designs come to live.