3D Printing

Advice and information about 3D printing and 3D printers.

3D Printing

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.

Further information about 3D printing can be found on the 3D printing Industry website, with an introductory video on TED explaining more.

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:

Support Material

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

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