3D Printer

OK, so this is US$950, but imagine having one of these in your school.  Your students could really follow their design ideas to the finish with real parts, instead of using bottle tops, cardboard, papier-mâché and string.

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6 Responses

  1. WOW! This is amazing. It’s great to see how far technology has come. This would be a great tool in classrooms, especially science classrooms. Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica Eaton
    University of South Alabama
    Mobile, AL

  2. This is extremely cool. It would be fun to see what kind of ideas students could get using this for projects. With all of the technology being invented, I guess it is about time that something like this came out. I wonder what’s next…

  3. While I was facilitator in 2008 I saw one of these in action at Wellington High School. Impressive.

  4. Absolutely amazing! I look forward to the day that I officially have my own classroom. I cannot wait to see all of the student creations being completed with gadgets like the 3D printer. Kinesthetic and visual learners will have a ball with an instrument like this. Very 21st century!

  5. This is great in some ways, but I fear it will come at the cost of a great loss of “imagination fidelity”.

    Digital white boards are a good example of this: a dwb is more convenient in some respects than a regular whiteboard, but cannot produce the same fidelity/nuance of image you get with a good set of markers and a clean whiteboard. Likewise, a whiteboard doesn’t hold a candle to what you could achieve on a blackboard with colored chalk. We’re moving in the direction of convenience, but there is a cost…

    Having a “Print” button in SketchUp is great, but not a way to foster creativity…

    • I’m presuming your comment is a joke or tongue in cheek? Have you seen the art and drawing that children can create with an IWB?

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