The future schools are now adapting to a more progressive way of teaching where experiential learning plays a major role. 3Dexter brings in 3d printing in schools as a tool to integrate and enhance subject learning and also add on a skill of the future which will lead the next technological revolution. 3Dexter has integrated this with the boards of schools and have developed a progressive curriculum for classes 3rd-12th.
School going kids have a highly intuitive mind which can be molded like clay in any desired shape. It is this stage that marks the onset of creativity and innovative spirit. Kids never analyze things, they just do them. 3D printing provides them with an insight to think beyond all boundaries of imagination. It liberates them to create something unique, without judgment. They can 3D print the objects that they can imagine and decide its feasibility on their own, without having an adult to tell them if they’re being unrealistic. This promotes healthy and educative learning.
Also, 3D printing in school enables access to desired samples and segments that ensure students better understanding of their subjects. It makes the monotonous lectures interesting by including a pragmatic approach towards them. Students are enthralled by such activities which help in making schools a more desirable place. Especially in India, where opportunities are high but awareness is low, 3D printing is an asset that can revolutionize the technological finesse and innovative spirit of budding students, who are indeed the country’s future. This technology, promoted by 3Dexter to be incorporated in our Indian Education System, holds unprecedented potential in boosting the morale of school students and harboring their interests in technology, which is significant for all young minds. It has been a long way with the traditional educative system. Now it’s time to overturn conventional methods with novel opportunities. And 3D printing education looks like the most feasible solution to it.
Benefits of 3D Printing in Education
- Skill for Future: – As more schools are aware of this technology, they are adapting it in their regular sessions. 3D Designing is the critical phase of 3D Printing & also one of the significant skills of the Industrial Sector. So, students will learn the future skill and experience the digital world.
- Practical Hands-On Learning: – In this new era of learning, the key feature of Education would be hands-on learning. 3Dexter has designed its curriculum in such a way that it involves maximum hands-on activity in every session for every student.
- Develops core skills with physical experience: – The core skills that we provide are visualization, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and subject integration through physical experience.
Let’s take an example, while designing a house in a software, the students will only be able to design, if he is able to visualize each part correctly. And while dealing, it is increasing their visualization power & creativity.
Students learn how different 3d printers work, its operation & its troubleshooting. During this, they were made to think about how to solve the problems. This can be translated into how they are solving real life problems.
So 3d printing makes it possible for every student to dream better and bigger.
- Enhances student engagement: – Each task assigned to the students is a group activity, which lets students to work in a group and while accomplishing the task the care has been taken that each member has contributed to it. This can be seen as in the company members working in a group to fulfil the task, which can be a very good skill.
Future of 3D Printing in Education
3D Printing is going to have a profound impact on all of us, whether you consider yourself a designer or not. In future, there will be 3D Printers which can print a three dimensional structure out of a living cell. Any complex structure can be created like a blood vessel or skin tissue. The whole organ can be built with the 3D Printers and that too with your own genetic cells, so you won’t have to find the donor of the organs anymore.
Indian companies like 3Dexter will revolutionize the world with their unique approach in educational training. There will be 3d printers in every home and students will be given education online.
Japan researchers are taking data from the sonogram so that they can actually scan a pregnant woman’s belly & thereby 3d print the figure of her torso. How interesting would it be to determine what your baby looks like when it enters the world?
“3D printing of concrete gives a new dimension to construction. This technology can best meet the complex demands of modern architecture with concrete,” says Professor Manu Santhanam from IIT Madras. Recently, he along with other faculty members and alumni from IIT-M came up with India’s first 3D Printing Technology. With a team effort, they have successfully built a 3D structure, which was launched by Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions. The team also claims that with this revolutionary technology, they can build a 350-sq feet house within a week at a relatively less cost as compared to a traditional house.
There are 3 models in schools that we run. These models are progressive and and exist independently too. There some major core inclusions that we provide in our 3 curriculum models.
3Dexter follows a 4 stage lab setup process:
- Provide a workshop to the school students for their orientation.
- Setup the Design-Technology lab for the students by upgrading their existing computer labs.
- We start with weekly classes where our curriculum aligned with the school boards are run.
- We further test students through our quarterly assessments which are designed very carefully.
There are various products and services which we setup in schools these products are the core essentials for our labs and help to cultivate the minds of the students.
REVOLUTIONISING THE CLASSROOMS
3Dexter is revolutionizing the classrooms by implementing some major life skills and core subject values which enhance the Dexter in every child and enable him to innovate through the technology. These values are hence the key drivers of our classroom studying and bring the whole process as to how 3Dexter is bringing experiential learning in the classrooms.
What are the benefits of 3d printing?
3D Printing provides us the following benefits, which other manufacturing technologies aren’t able to :
i) Unmatched Customizability : 3D Printing lets us customise every object that can be 3D Printed through just a click of the mouse. In other manufacturing methods , altering even a small part of the design requires you to change the whole mould, but that is not so in 3D Printing.
ii) No Wastage : Since 3D Printing is a type of Additive Manufacturing , there’s zero wastage involved in the whole process. All the products are made layer by layer, and since there’s no removal of material involved, there’s no waste generation as well.
iii) Optimum for Prototyping : For making a prototype of any object, 3D Printing ticks al the right boxes. It is cheap for single or small batch productions, you can make the same object using a number of different materials, and you can set your own parameters for printing.
Where 3D printing is being used?
3D printing is the next big thing and is widely used in almost all the sectors. 3D printing has been found to be useful in sectors such as manufacturing, industrial design, jewellery, footwear, architecture, construction, aerospace, dental, medical, education, geographic information systems, civil engineering, and many more. 3D printing is becoming popular in the customisable industry. The applications of 3D printing are keep on increasing.
Why is 3d printing important in education?
It’s scientifically proven that visual learning is far better than auditory learning.3D printing is one of the best ways of visual learning, it is a process of making objects layer by layer until it is completely finished according to the originally designed CAD file. Use of 3D printing in education, is a matter of bringing objects out of the computer screen into the real world, in physical form and into the hands of the students for observations. 3D printing helps students to conceptualize and visualize the design, and allow them to make changes. It’s opening new possibilities of learning and innovating
What is infill in 3D printing?
Infill is simply a repetitive structure used to take up space inside an empty 3D print. For the majority of prints, infill is hidden from view, but occasionally, special infill patterns are more than worthy of showing off . It allows printers to print flat horizontal edges over empty space reliably and efficiently. Without it, prints wouldn’t have much structure or stability, making them incredibly fragile.Increase in the percentage of infill results in higher strength and longer the time taken to print. The infill pattern include-Fast Honeycomb, Full Honeycomb, Wiggle, Triangular, Grid, and Rectilinear.
What is the best 3d printer for schools?
FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) or FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication)can be considered the best 3D printer used in school. FDM is an additive manufacturing process that belongs to the material extrusion family. In FDM, an object is built by successively depositing melted material in a predetermined path layer-by-layer. The materials used are thermoplastic polymers and come in a easy-to-use filament form. FDM is the simplest and most basic form of printer to use in terms of operation.