Education plays an important role in unlocking the human ingenuity. 3D printing is playing a decisive role in exposing eager learners to the practical application of imparting real-world knowledge to different domains like Science, Engineering, Architecture, and Math to name a few. The 3D printing technology is gaining recognition in the education sector at two levels- primary and university levels. Let’s understand how 3D printing is transforming education sector.
3D Printing at Primary Levels
3D printing is used in many schools to make learning fun and inspire young minds to think creatively. The technology is primarily used to create interactive, technical and mechanical lessons which simplify learning of basic concepts. Using the 3-dimensional visuals, teachers are able to create visual learning aids that help in explaining difficult concepts which are not easily understood theoretically. For example, you can create 3D models of planets, brain or anything that you want to explain. 3D printing technology has provided effective alternate learning method to traditional method of learning which is primarily based on books and theory. 3D printing enables the educators to bring any subject matter to life to engage students for a long time that leads to increased learning and also improves critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities.
History is often considered a less interesting subject as it involves studying past through images and text, With 3D printing technology, it is possible for educators to breathe life into past. For example, the museum is offering 3D scans of artifacts which can be downloaded and educators can create 3D models. Students benefit from such exercise as it is easier to learn and grasp details from the physical model in comparison to learning from images and text. Similarly, 3D printing can apply to Math, Geography, Physics to create models that can be used a physical representation and used to simplify tangible concepts.
3D Printing at the University Level
At the university level, 3D printing technology is reaping more benefits. A large number of universities have invested in 3D printing technology to improve delivery of knowledge in STEM curriculum. The technology cloaks the learning of difficult concepts in such a way that students barely notice they are applying complex concepts of science and mathematics to solve problems. In universities, students use a combination of 3D models and renderings to explain the design process. Creating 3D models enables the students and educators to understand the design structurally. Such things are not possible with 2D drawings where you have only one view available for complete analysis. In the mechanical engineering domain, students are able to build 3D models quickly and create quick iterations in a cost-effective manner allowing them to improvise design.
Furthermore, 3D printing is not only transforming classroom learning. In fact, the technology has the prowess to break the classroom walls and take the learning to more granular level. It is not all about how 3D printing is transforming education sector; it is more about how this technology will revolutionize education in near future. 3D printing is today at the stage where computers were during the 90’s they are more likely to make education more effective and strengthen the bond between mind and knowledge.
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