What is 3D printing?
3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional object of virtually any shape from a digital model. It is achieved using an additive process where successive layers of material are laid down. Each layer is a thinly sliced, horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.
Each object begins with a digital Computer Aided Design (CAD) file, created with a 3D modelling programme, or one which is scanned into a 3D modelling programme with a 3D scanner.
Access to 3D Printing
Thanks to funding from the Training and Development Agency, the D&T Association own nine Dimension BST 768 machines which are situated in centres and schools across England. Schools wishing to make use of this state of the art machinery can contact the centre direct to discuss file formats, size and printing costs.
Current 3D printer hosts:
- Woodham Academy, County Durham
- Edge Hill University, Lancashire
- Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield
- Ideas In2Action, Lincoln
- Finham School, Coventry
- Soanes Centre, London
- Bedfordshire & Luton Education Business Partnership
- Develop Education Business Partnership
For more information, read the associated files below. This includes:
- purchasing a 3D printer, with examples of some of the printers on the market
- 3D Printing and Curriculum ideas
- 3D Resource links
Associated Filesl Purchasing a 3D printer.pdf l 3D Printing and Curriculum ideas.pdf l 3D Resource links.pdf
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