October 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Children love to explore and try new things, but many are afraid to try, they are scared of failure. 3D printing removes that fear, instead it embodies them with confidence to venture into the unknown. Additive manufacturing has existed for an excess of 25 years, but is still an emerging technology in the classroom. Educators and students a like an exploring the different ways that 3D printers can influence and enhance the learning in the classroom.
3D printing in education is unique compared to other technologies. The mindset of the student becomes one where it is okay to fail and encourages experimentation in their learning.
A report released by the NMC Horizon Project highlighted that 3D printing will have a massive impact on education, particularity in the STEM areas in the next 3-5 years. Combined with an ‘Internet of things’ children of today will have powerful tools to solve the problems of tomorrow. With the removal of failure as a fear holding them back, students will be able to reach new levels of thinking and problem solving.
It’s clear that 3D Printing holds, and will continue to hold, an important place in education. The question is, how does one decide which printer to use to support a given curriculum?
Some things to consider:
- How easy is the 3D printer to set up and use?
- How many students can use it at one time?
- How do I get help if things don’t go as planned?
- What kind of a warranty guarantee comes along with the printer?
- Is there telephone support?
The Afinia Desktop 3D Printer is a logical choice:
Make Magazine selected it as “Best Overall Experience,” “Easiest To Set Up,” and “Easiest To Use” in their most recent review of 15 3D printers.
Some printers cost in excess of $30,000 and can only print a few students’ projects at one time. For that investment, you can get 23 Afinia printers and everything you need to get started quickly.
The Afinia Desktop 3D Printer was voted ‘Educator’s Choice‘ at MakerFaire NY.
Teachers appreciate Afinia’s friendly and knowledgeable telephone support.
Afinia has the industry leading 1 year warranty, with an option to purchase an extended warranty.