Saturday, January 12, 2013

Imagine a world....

where there’s a 3D printer on every desktop. It may not be that far fetched!
First - What is 3D printing? 
      This technology can turn a digital 3D design that you create  into a tangible, physical, solid object. It is also called additive manufacturing, because it works by fusing multiple layers of a material such as plastic or metal, to build an actual 3D form. With this technology, if you were missing a part for your antique car you could make the part yourself! You and your students can invent and create anything.
       This blog will explore and define 3D printing as an educational and business tool. 3D printing lends itself to many subject areas, including art, music, industrial design and (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics principles. The technology enables students and teachers to be innovative and creative designers. Students could come up with new ideas for a variety of products, design them and easily print a 3D prototype to test, touch and handle. Or, create sculpture.
Join me as I explore the possibilities of this transformative technology. 
Just to wet your tongue a little... 3D printing is already being used to: create toys, jewelry, musical instruments, cars, motorcycles, and in the medical industry, body parts, dentures and prosthetics. 

Watch the video to see a Makerbot Replicator 3D printer in action. The printer is creating a cityscape.


Click to listen to very informative Podcast on "All Things Considered" about 3-D printing.