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Anna Seo
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3D Printers

Given the pros and cons of 3D printers, should intermediate schools purchase 3D printers? 

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Bertha Kirschten

Posted on 2/28/16 10:09:39 PM Permalink

We just purchased a 3-D printer. I plan on using it throughout the grade levels -- of course in the younger grades, they will more than likely just print a pre-made model. But as they move up in grades, they can learn to manipulate the models and then move intro creating their own models. We are very excited to get up and running with our printer and I know the kids are too.

steven zeichner

Posted on 11/5/15 11:31:15 PM Permalink

Our high school has several 3D printers; one in Commercial Art, one in the Information Center Maker Space, and two in our CADD class where students use SolidWorks to create 3D designs and print them. The cost of material to create a 4" x 4" x 2" part is about $2.00 depending on the density of the fill. One of the printers was purchased with money from a grant. As was posted elsewhere, a 3D printer is an exciting tool that students are eager to use. We find they encourage creativity.

Nirupama Narasimhan

Posted on 11/4/15 4:35:50 AM Permalink

When buying a printer, we need to consider the cost of the consumables as well. Generally, manufacturers sell printers at a low profit margin and consumables at high profit margins.

andrew dewar

Posted on 11/4/15 3:48:47 AM Permalink

With the cost of 3D printers getting cheaper every day schools should not hesitate to one. A 3D printer can create excitement and builds engagement with difficult students. It compliments STEM education curriculum and opens new possibilities for learning
promoting problem solving skills and allows students to experience the model stage of the design process.

Michael Chow

Posted on 9/8/15 4:45:10 AM Permalink

Hi Anna,
It all depends on what the schools have plans to do with them. In BC, a 3D printer was recently on sale at London Drugs, of all places for $849. Since, this prices seems relatively on the cheap side, as the printer is a mini-version, would the school pay for these is the question?!