3D printer companies: In their own words
Why are 3D printers so important to education now and what future trends should CIOs be aware of to ensure the technology succeeds in the classroom?
Vice president and chief product officer
Inspiring the next generation of engineers by engaging students in 3D printing technology is an important mission. With 3D printers now more accessible than ever, students can be taught how to use the CAD/CAM software and 3D printer at an early age so that by the time they are entering the workforce they will have had up to 17 years of experience. Having access to a curriculum that fully integrates 3D technology is one way to ensure success in the classroom.
The economy and job market are changing our education model needs to adapt and move away from rote learning to prepare students for this new reality. 3D printing can help teach many skills employers are looking for, such as problem-solving, collaboration, STEAM literacy and design thinking, to give students a competitive advantage in the job market. To make 3D printing a success in the classroom, CIOs should be aware that it takes more than just the hardware to embrace this new technology. Acquiring 3D design skills is a major hurdle for educators and you need a comprehensive ecosystem to address this need.
Regional manager, Education Program
Both classrooms and curricula have changed dramatically in the past 10 years. More students and teachers are learning by solving problems through problem/project-based learning, and a 3D printer is a crucial tool that enables this type of learning. Students are actually engineering,doing and making today, not just visualizing or talking about engineering. Applied learning is possible with the real-time output and manufacturing capabilities of a 3D printer in the classroom.
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