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Already in over 7,000 schools - from elementary school to higher education - MakerBot has been a pioneer in helping educators drive innovation in the classroom by building a platform that supports educators and students at every step of the process
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An Adaptable 3D Printer Platform Any Skill Level
The easiest-to-use 3D printer ecosystem designed to grow with educators and students as they advance from beginner to advanced 3D printing.
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A comprehensive platform that supports you at every step of the process, from ISTE-certified 3D printing training, lesson plans and student project ideas, to new guides, webinars and design challenges.
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Why Educators Choose MakerBot
The easiest-to-use 3D printer package designed with both educators and students in mind.
Standards-aligned lesson plans and the only comprehensive ISTE-certified 10-hour 3D printing and curriculum creation training included.
A seamless, classroom-ready workflow includes Print from Tinkercad™ and Google Chromebook integrations for easy 3D printing across multiple devices.
Kindergarten - 8th Grade
Bringing 3D printing and the classroom together in early stages of student development.
"I see the tangible project-based outcomes of student learning so vividly after our school purchased MakerBot. The integration of ideas are endless, powerful and FUN!"
8th Grade Science Teacher, Kings Mountain Middle School
Changing how student career pathways are developed.
“The reduction in time and skill needed to create objects increased the students’ learning cycles. they are able to jump right in again and design modifications or go on to new challenges.”
Faridodin “Fredi” Lajvardi, Marine Teacher at Carl Hayden High School
Expanding research development and unlocking new frontiers in research, learning and manufacturing settings.
“I believe that 3D printing is a valuable problem-solving tool and key competency for the future workforce. It was important to integrate this technology into our courses to give students a chance to use equipment that is currently being used within design and manufacturing companies today,”
Prof. Dr. Florian Finsterwalder
The Definitive Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom.
2022 GRANT GUIDE
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Developed with Technology and Engineering Educator Liz Gallo, the definitive guide for successful project planning.
Everything You Need to be Successful with 3D Printing in the Classroom
The Definitive Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom.
Bring 3D printing to your school or classroom by using the MakerBot 2022 Grant Guide.
3D PRINTING CURRICULUM PLANNING
We partnered with Technology and Engineering Educator Liz Gallo, the definitive guide for successful project planning.
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3D printers for schools.For kids. For education. For home.
Despite the fact that 3D technologies are by no means something new and even unusual, their use in education is only gaining popularity. The transformation of a 3D model into a full-fledged physical object is a process that is fascinating and of great importance from the point of view of teaching children the basics of engineering, which makes it possible to visualize in the most accessible way what teachers had to explain literally “on the fingers” just a few years ago.
A large selection of "children's", educational and safe models of 3D printers, presented in the assortment of our 3DMall online store, prompted us to prepare for you a brief excursion into the field of education using 3D equipment, especially since in recent years educational programs for the so-called "engineering" classes. By the way, we will not only talk about the advantages of learning 3D prototyping, but also recommend the best models of 3D equipment for equipping schools - you can buy 3D printers from us inexpensively with delivery anywhere in Russia, and in our own demo room in Moscow in practice, make sure of their functionality and usefulness in training.
3D technologies in education
FDM modeling is the simplest and most accessible technology today, which is already being actively implemented in school programs around the world. Its advantages include low cost and simplicity, and the use of devices for 3D printing automatically leads to faster and more efficient assimilation of knowledge in areas such as mathematics, natural science, programming, and even prototyping.
3D printing is officially recognized as a powerful educational tool due to the fact that the teacher can create visual aids right in the classroom, and children can easily embody and develop their design and construction skills.
While equipping schools with 3D printers is currently mostly only at the planning stage, many technical universities are already successfully practicing training courses for children who are interested in IT, 3D technologies, engineering, robotics and design. Thus, the Astrakhan Civil Engineering Institute opened the Regional School Technopark, the School of the Gifted operates on the basis of the Tyumen State University, hackerspaces and so-called creative spaces operate in almost every large city in Russia, where experienced specialists in the field of 3D modeling and prototyping actively train the younger generations of engineers and designers.
What it gives the child:
- new opportunities for creative and professional development;
- a significant advantage when entering technical universities;
- the opportunity to participate in the Olympiad in the field of 3D technologies and a good start for higher education abroad;
- high quality engineering education.
Areas of application of 3D printers in schools
In fact, the presence of a 3D printer in any profile school office is a significant plus for the educational process. Naturally, we are not yet considering linguistic and literary classrooms, however, even a history or geography lesson can become much more interesting if children can try to recreate some process or reconstruct some event with their own hands.
Recall that the state is actively involved in the process of popularization of 3D equipment in educational processes. For example, by the end of 2017, it is planned to complete the development of the Technology curriculum, which will soon create an engineering direction for training future specialists not only in specialized classes, but also starting from secondary school.
The first classrooms in which it is planned to introduce 3D equipment:
- labor education - here children will be able to get their first experience in 3D prototyping, modeling and manufacturing fasteners for various equipment, creating and implementing their own projects;
- computer science - along with the basics of programming, it is planned to introduce into the program the practice of creating models and processing them with various slicers;
- chemistry class - this science is rightfully considered one of the most difficult in the field of natural science, as it requires a good development of spatial thinking, and 3D printers easily visualize the processes of creating molecules and their interaction with each other;
- physical class - with the help of 3D modeling, it is possible to visualize processes that are difficult to perceive and increase the interest of students in this rather complex subject;
- classes of fine arts, drawing and geometry - of course, here it is more justified to use 3D pens, which contribute to the rapid development of spatial perception in all planes, moreover, 3D pens, unlike 3D printers, it is quite possible to supply the whole class.
The best models for training and education
The main requirements for school 3D printers are ease of use, safety and reliability (durability and loyalty to repairs - children, after all, are not as accurate users as adults). We have selected for you 5 models of 3D equipment in an affordable price segment with excellent characteristics that any modern school can afford.
Russian-made CYBERMICRO 3D printer is one of the most affordable 3D printers. The device is lightweight and compact in size, it works quietly, it is equipped with an intuitive RepetierHost software, which is rightfully considered one of the simplest with sufficiently verified functionality. What is important, the inexpensive and absolutely safe bioplastic PLA is used as a filament, which you can also buy with delivery from us at 3DMall.
The American compact model 3D Systems Cube 3 is the best budget offer in the segment of 3D printers with two extruders. The main advantage is the convenient replacement of fimlament placed in sealed cartridges and automatic adjustment of its supply. The software also includes a brush function, which opens up even more creative possibilities. Naturally, the device prints with safe and environmentally friendly bioplastics.
A fully enclosed new Chinese-made Wanhao Duplicator 7 is an inexpensive modern device in a stylish design, ideal for mastering 3D modeling and prototyping in high school. This is a DLP printer designed for the production of functional models from liquid photopolymer, providing the highest precision in printing. An excellent device to be used in equipping engineering classrooms.
The XYZprinting Da Vinci Junior 3D printer does not boast a large build chamber, but in this model it is completely closed, which makes it absolutely safe for children. For the convenience of young users, automatic calibration and easy replacement of filament cartridges are provided without direct contact with plastic. Another plus is the bright original design of the device itself.
Hercules from the Russian manufacturer Imprinta is another practical and inexpensive 3D printer that has been successfully used in the field of education. The case of this model is very durable - high-quality plastic is not only aesthetic, but also reliable. This model prints a large number of consumables - in addition to the classic PLA, you can also use ABS, PVA, FLEX, HIPS, Nylon, T-Glass and Laywood.
Why do we need 3D printing at school?
Today, the use of 3D printing technologies in education is only just beginning to gain momentum, but already there are amazing prospects. 3D printing can be introduced to primary and secondary schools, universities and other educational institutions. One of the reasons 3D printing has been slow to take off is the lack of awareness of the technology among education decision makers.
3D printing technology is still quite new, so the introduction of it in schools can have a significant impact on further development. At an earlier age, it is much easier to introduce new ideas and methods to a person. That is why children learn foreign languages much faster than adults. And that's why elementary and middle schools are the perfect place to introduce 3D printing courses.
Almost every subject taught in school can benefit from 3D printing – here are a few examples.
3D printing in mathematics
3D printing is already being used in teaching mathematics, in particular for the visual demonstration of graphs and mathematical models. Some students find it difficult to understand the numbers and charts they see on paper. This does not mean that they are not capable of learning - it is just a feature of the brain. 3D printing helps these students see equations, graphs, and complex mathematical models in a real-life way – and thus understand them. It is also important that 3D printing brings an element of variety to a subject that is usually quite boring.
3D printing in geography and geology
3D printing technologies can be used to show students geological formations at a scale that cannot be seen in a 2D image. We have already seen not only successful examples of the use of 3D printing in the teaching of geography and geology, but also how scientists used 3D printing to land a lander on a comet, choosing the best place to land on a 3D model. In addition, earthquake models were printed on a 3D printer for comparative analysis, as well as models of the causes and consequences of hydraulic fracturing in the development of oil and gas fields. Of course, living in a 3D world, it is best to teach geography and geology using visual 3D models. If textbook authors agree on the importance of 3D printing and want to incorporate it into lesson planning, they can include 3D printing files in each chapter. This will make the lessons more interesting and informative for both students and teachers - for example, you can print reduced models of mountain ranges, rivers, canyons and other geographical objects on a 3D printer. Thus, children will be able to observe some famous places of the world with their own eyes without leaving the classroom.
3D printing in history
It can be said that history as a subject will benefit the most from the introduction of 3D printing. Museums around the world are finally beginning to recognize the enormous potential of 3D scanning and 3D printing, not only to create replicas of ancient objects, but to give visitors the chance to literally touch them. Previously, throughout the museum there were signs "Do not touch the exhibits with your hands." Now that replicas of objects can be produced using high-precision 3D printers and scanners, museum visitors have the opportunity to touch the exhibits, many of which are virtually indistinguishable from the originals. Now imagine that in every history class, students will have the opportunity to print copies of historical objects on a 3D printer from the mass of STL files available for download. Now every school will have access to museum exhibits right in the classroom. In addition, it is much more interesting than reading chapter after chapter in a textbook, when many students cannot concentrate, are distracted and do not understand what they read. Being able to show an item from the era in question will make the lesson more fun.
3D printing in art
Of course, 3D printing can be used with great success in art classes. This technology opens up a range of possibilities for teachers, such as incorporating 3D design into the curriculum. With the help of 3D printing, students can bring the models they have designed to life - this will also make the lessons more interesting. In addition, there will be no need to be limited to a two-dimensional screen to demonstrate three-dimensional models. It will be possible to carry out design projects at the national and even international level, providing other schools with open access to models for printing on a 3D printer. Schoolchildren from New York will be able to work on joint projects with their peers from India, and then both schools will be able to print the result on a 3D printer.
In recent years, a number of opportunities that 3D printing provides to the arts have already been shown, but this is still the smallest part of its potential. 3D printing allows you to take a fresh look at the creation of art objects. If 3D printing is available to schoolchildren around the world, it will be the next generation that will bring these technologies to all possible areas of art and ensure that their full potential is realized.
3D printing as a tool
Not only does 3D printing provide ways to explore different subjects, but it can itself become the center of a new academic discipline. With due aspiration and the right approach to the implementation of this task, 3D printing can be taught as a separate subject.
We live in an era of rapid development of new technologies, and one of them is 3D printing. At the same time, schools still live in the past, having not changed the teaching methods used by previous generations for decades. It's understandable that new technologies can be intimidating, especially for the conservative old guard, but there is a need for change. The introduction of 3D printing is a change that schools around the world should be thinking about.