How 3D Printing Work
3D printing sounds like something from science fiction, but the process is similar to that of CNC machining, where billets are cut into specific shapes and products. But rather than cutting, it prints.
A 3D printer works by “printing” objects–but instead of using ink, it uses more substantive materials–plastics, metal, rubber, and the like. It takes an existing scan of an object–and slices it into layers it can then convert into a physical object.
The result is a product that while not as intricate, durable, or functional as the real-world equivalent, is otherwise a real thing that didn’t exist 30 seconds before you printed it.
In fact, what it is you’re actually producing depends on what is being printed: if it’s toy jewelry, and rubber balls, 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 and how 3D printing solutions can be beneficial, 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.
Learning by Making
Today’s students will enter a job market that values different skills than their parents and teachers learned. 3D Printing Solutions go hand-in-hand with teaching strategies that develop the most in-demand skills for science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) fields
Inspire. Engage. Prepare.
To prepare students for STEAM careers that value critical thinking over procedure and recall, educators are embracing teaching strategies like Project-Based learning that require sustained engagement.
3D Printing Solutions bring students’ work to life, building excitement and momentum behind any design project. A quick turn from idea to prototype keeps students engaged. And it gives them time to explore more ideas, analyze problems in-depth, and develop the persistence they’ll need to excel in today’s fastest-growing and most rewarding fields.
3D printing allows complex ideas to live in the real world
From mathematics to geography or history, one of the key challenges for education is to allow everyone to grasp the most abstracts concepts. 3D printing is the solution to give them life and allow everyone to physically manipulate complex ideas. Visualizing data into space or creating physical educational material is a great addition to 3D images, texts and videos.
Our different 3D printing materials, like plastic or resin, are very resistant over time, which allows you to transport and manipulate your material without risk. The multicolored material allows you to recreate textures from a historical object or to present data in 3D.
Engineering curriculum: bring the professional world to your students
3D printing is a great tool for curriculum with a high level of professionalization. Using Shisan’s products allows students to understand how they can easily go from a 3D file to a 3D model and a product. Our printers allow everyone to analyze, review and optimize 3D files autonomously.
Mecanical parts, architectural mockups, prototypes, art… 3D printing gives students the chance to bring their project to life, quickly and in conditions simulating the professional life. Instead of spending time partnering with an outside company, you can use Shisan’s product as an educational tool and concentrate on other topics that matters.
Reasons Why you should use 3D Printing solutions in your classroom
1- Engineering design students can print out prototypes.
2- Architecture students can print out 3D models of designs.
3- History classes can print out historical artifacts for examination.
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.
8- Chemistry students can print out 3D models of molecules.
9- Biology students can print out cells, viruses, organs, and other critical biological artifacts.
10- Math students can print out “problems” to solve in their own learning spaces, from scale models to city infrastructural design challenges.