From idea to finished products is one step aheadTuesday, May 5th, 2009 by Chan Yie Leng
Can you imagine students being able to print their projects in 3D at school?
Well, it seems that students from a few Hawaiian schools can. With the support of Hawaii’s State Department of Education in partnership with Z Corporation, a leader manufacturer in 3D printers, students can send their files with their final project to be printed in 3D (http://www.engadget.com/2009/05/04/z-corps-3d-printers-available-to-hawaiian-school-students-the/). Depending on the prototype, the students may have a better idea how they can improve their work and make possible adjustments that can only be noticed after having a 3D print on hand.
The popularity of 3D printers at schools will have a great impact on the education system of those schools. As stated in the press release of Z Corporation, 3D printers give students ample opportunity to experience the design process from idea to finished product, putting more finished models in the hands of more students faster. Printing speed is critical for large classes, cross-discipline printer sharing, and meeting project deadlines, such as the end of term. Students in the field of design, engineering, manufacturing, etc will definitely not take this for granted, but rather enhance their skills and can probably increase their career prospects.
The picture above is a 3D printer from Z Corporation and 3D print.