While many institutions are jumping in to educate future designers, there is still the problem of providing equipment. Although 3D printers are getting cheaper, good equipment and expertise don’t come easy, especially for primary schools. That’s why Renishaw launched a free 3D printer loan scheme for educational institutions in South Wales. The company is providing both the equipment and also an instructional training program with supervision.
The program is especially for a far younger crowd of kids and free, which sets it apart from other initiatives. The program lets schools make use of select 3D printers for up to 3 months. The company also provides the expertise of Simon Biggs, Education Outreach Officer at Renishaw, teaching either at the school or at one of the company’s facilities in Miskin, South Wales.
The program is great because it teaches both the pupils and the educators about the ins and outs of additive manufacturing. Aside from the printers, it also comes with various downloadable resources from the CREATE Education Project. Additionally, it introduces students to the basics of CAD design, using TinkerCAD as the main resource. The program teaches students how to realise their designs and print them with PLA.
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“The manufacturing industry is really starting to see the benefits of 3D printing and it looks like the technology will be a fundamental part of engineering in the future. 3D printing is also a fantastic classroom resource because it allows pupils to easily create physical versions of their ideas, which teaches them about design and manufacturing principles”, Said Simon Biggs.
The program, like many others in recent years, is trying to create a foundation for future engineers and designers. Aside from this advantage, the company also believes that 3D printing can spill off into being beneficial for other subjects. With additive manufacturing and 3D modelling, teachers could teach kids about math, geography and art.
It sounds like a great initiative. Renishaw has long advocated for more programs in STEM. To learn more you can check out there website’s education page, here.
Featured image courtesy of Renishaw, showing Simon Biggs teaching a class.