3D Printing for Research & Teachers

3D printing has an impact on research and education

Report on Additive Manufacturing (1), also known as 3D printing, showed that 3D printing has an impact on education and on research at Wageningen University & Research. We use 3D printing in the classroom for biology lessons. We have 3D printed double DNA Helix to explain the structure and the function of DNA in the classroom. We have a project on 3D design and 3D printing of bird eggs to study behavior in birds.

3D printing in education

We offer 3D workshops and 3D training workshops for teachers and students to take an active role in 3D design and making all kind of things for education. 3D printing technology and its potential role in the classroom can help to transform passive consumers into active participants. Powerful open-source software programs are used to design all kinds of components that can be 3D printed with a 3D printer. All creative ideas can be turned into physical three dimensional objects. 3D printing is used to move research forward and can help teachers and students to make their classes more effective and dynamic. Chelsea Schelly (2) underlined in her publication that open source 3D printing for education can create a more experimental learning environment and offers in addition a cost efficient approach to engage researches, students and teachers  to express and design new, creative ideas.

(1) Wohlers, Terry.: Wohlers report 2016. In Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation (PMA) Section. URL https://wohlersassociates.com/2016report.htm. Stand: 2016-04-10. Accessed 08 01 2018. (2) Schelly, C., Anzalone, G., Wijnen, B.. Open-Source 3-D Printing Technologies for Education: Bringing Additive Manufacturing to the Classroom. J. Vis. Lang. Comput. 2015, 28, 226–237.

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