The 3D printer in school

A new chapter in education

The expansion of printing a few hundred years ago changed education fundamentally.
Now we face a new and significant development in the shape of 3D printing.

What is 3D printing?

Just as with traditional printers, here too we print from files – the difference being that instead of text and pictures, 3D designs of objects are sent across to the device for printing.

There are several different types of 3D printing –CraftBot is a desktop printer operating FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) technology, the essence being that instead of ink it uses plastic strands (so-called filaments), which the printer nozzle melts and then builds up – layer by layer – the object itself on a special tray.

What can a
3D printer
be used for in school?

For teaching purposes

Designing and printing objects is not only great fun; in the meantime kidsalso expand their knowledge and develop a whole range of skills

For making objects

New
visualteaching aids

for example, spatial forms for mathematics classes, pulleys, slopes for physics, molecular structures for chemistry…

New components for a damaged machine
remanufacturing broken or failed parts

Anything the school requires, such as
chalk holder, rulers, protractors, frames for message boards,gifts for an open day etc.

What
skillscan be
developed by
launching a
3D study group?

  • spatial awareness and imagination
  • design, engineering, IT skills
  • maths and physics knowledge
    (when designing objects)
  • language skills
    (software, websites in English)
  • patience, persistence
    (rewards for perfectly printed objects)
  • success also increases
    a child’s self-confidence

CRAFTBOT IN THE CLASSROOM

We believe TEACHING CAN BE MORE EFFECTIVE WHEN IT’S FULL OF FUN!

With the play-based learning we can involve teachers and children into the world of 3D planning, printing.

From 2019 January we are strategic partners with PrintLab.

PrintLab is a developer of 3D printing curriculum. Their flagship product is  PrintLab Classroom - a very unique online platform featuring a library of 3D printing lesson plans and professional development resources.

With millions of STEM jobs going unfilled globally, our aim is to provide teachers with a complete infrastructure to prepare the next generation for innovative and disruptive careers in 3D design and 3D printing.

With this cooperation we are offering a complex EDU ecosystems:


PrintLab

FabLab Image

CraftBot - Printlab EDU Bundles for schools will be available from February 2019.

How to get from the idea
to the actual object?

THE EASIER WAY:
Finalized designs (in stl, obj format) can be downloaded from the collections page, then these are converted to gcode format using CraftWare and they can be printed immediately. Link: CraftWare
THE INTERESTING WAY:
We ourselves can design objects with the help of 3D modelingsoftware (it’s not as difficult as it sounds) – after which the process is just the same as the easier way: slicing, filling, printing.
Recommended design programs: Click here
 

What sort of printer is best for a school?

Today, countless companies manufacture these sorts of devices –
they all have their advantages and their disadvantages.
Important aspects when considering a school 3D printer:

tough mechanism
kids often don’t look after equipment

simple assembly/disassembly
can be set up for operation without in-depth specialist knowledge; transportability to camps, exhibitions

reliable, precise operation
there is a good chance that it will be working virtually 24/7, therefore a printer less prone to breakdowns is essential

easy-to-operate
transparent menu and touchscreen that kids can quickly learn to use

great value for money
schools operate on a limited budget so it is important that quality is combined with affordability

What is CraftBot like?

Although not originally designed for schools, its characteristics make it the ideal choice for institutions of education.

Welded, solid steel case
side panels stop kids poking their fingers in, which can be dangerous

Plug ‘N’ Play printing
it is no wonder CraftBot has been awarded the title of Best Plug ‘N’ Play 3D printer in the 2017 Printer Guide published by 3D Hubs based on the opinions of several thousand users

„The Tank”
this is what users call it, referring to the fact that CraftBot is certainly not a delicate device that is liable to break down at any moment

Color touchscreen
simple, transparent menu structure that provides virtually total control– even during printing (temperature regulation, stop, restart etc.)

Great value for money
CraftBot was already listed in the 2016 3D Printer Guide (3D HUBS)– where it finished on top in the Budget category

What else is in CraftBot’s favor?

  • support videos about how to assemble, use printer
  • 0.75 kg filament to start
  • 1 year guarantee (replacement parts)
  • support, live chat in English (weekdays from 8am - 4:30 in CET time zone)
  • own slicer software with English menu
 

3D design softwares recommended by us and by teachers: