I am the proud owner of my very own 3D printer: A Flashforge Creator Pro. I’ve improved both my printing and 3D modeling techniques a lot since I first purchased it, but I have lots of room to improve! I’m also interested in ways that printers can be applied to the curriculum!
If you’re a teacher that’s interested in getting started with 3D printing in your classroom or school, it’s really not as easy as just buying a printer and getting started. 3D printers are still cutting-edge technologies that are finding their way in the world and progress is being made in leaps and bounds. There are a lot of factors that you need to consider before making a purchase. This section of my web page will hopefully assist you in making those decisions.
- Terminology – You want to make sure that you know what everything is when talking about printers.
- Choosing a Printer – This is arguably the biggest decision you have to make. Some people will swear by particular brands, while others won’t even deign to speak their names. There are a lot of factors here to consider.
- Choosing Filament – What material are you going to print with?
- Other Purchases – What else do you need to make your prints successful?
- Choosing Modeling Software – Chances are you’re going to have your student design their own things to print. That’s where all the fun is, after all! Here’s some ideas of where to start.
- Choosing a Slicer – This is the program that changes 3D models into printable instructions. Don’t underestimate the importance of good slicing!
- Making Curricular Connections – One of the biggest technological problems that we face as teachers is how to bring new technologies meaningfully into the classroom. It’s all well and good to show off a shiny new toy, but how do we make them relevant to student’s lives and the curriculum?
- Design Activities – How do you truly make learning meaningful? Give your students ways to apply it.