04 June 2014
3D Printers in High Schools Spread
3D printers in high schools are spreading as the innovative technology becomes cheaper. Just as personal computers infiltrated schools in the 1980s and 1990s, 3D printers are doing the same in the 21st Century. The technology has the potential to provide opportunities for high school students to create projects that were unimaginable just a short time ago.
Toward that end a 3D printing company called Makerbot has embarked on a project to put a 3D printer in every public school in America, according to a recent story on Cnet. The initiative, which has White House support, includes the creation of a 3D printing design community in which students will be encouraged to design, share, upload, and print designs of their own. The effort will involve raising money from corporations and individuals.
3D printing education is seen as vital because the technology is going to explode, creating uncounted jobs and opportunities. These 3D printing future jobs are going to need to be filled by graduates of high schools and colleges trained in the new technology.
Financing the introduction of 3D printing in public schools have often required as much creativity as designing products on these new machines. Some students at Piedmont High School in Piedmont, California recently conducted a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise money for their own 3D printer so that they can form a 3D Printing Club.
In such a way the new technology can fire the imagination of high school students because the potential of 3D printing is limited only by ones imagination.