3D Printing Is Integral To Education
April 29, 2013
In recent years education has changed. As technology advances and product sizes decrease, we are seeing more and more equipment in classrooms than ever before.
In the late 2000’s and early ‘10s, we saw the integration of social media take place. Student’s now use hashtags regularly to connect with professors, students and participate in real-time discussions.
Today, 3D technology is entering the classroom on a more regular basis.
It allows students many more hands-on opportunities. They can take the object and they can test it and see the theory being supported by the actual physical results. That type of information is priceless.
“We owe it to our students to ensure that they receive the best education that we can provide,” says Prof. Dirk Hennigs, Mechanical Engineering Department, Bremen University of Applied Sciences. “By installing the Objet Alaris30, we enable our students to gain practical experience with the systems they’ll meet in the real world when they begin their careers.”
More careers are being made available in the manufacturing industry, as we reported last week.
"We have our freshman students using Dimension right off the bat, and they all present a 3D model to the class after the first nine weeks," said Bruce Feodoroff, Chairman/Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT). "Designs are often difficult for people to visualize on a two-dimensional plain. With 3D printing, my students can design something, quickly print it and hold it in their hand. What engages them the most is that they know instantly how they can improve their design after holding it. They get excited and want to do more - we are reinforcing their creativity."
Both Bremen University and NEIT focus on science and engineering strands of education.
“The faster adequate prototypes are available for validation, the greater the costs saved by the early detection of defects. However, the early detection of defects does not only result in cost savings but also helps to drastically shorten production development cycle times, speeding up the development process,” said Professor Hennings. “The most significant advantages of the Objet Alaris30 system are the extremely high detail resolution, ease of use and suitability for student use.”
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