The expansion of 3D printing into education is key for a well rounded education. Students should learn about 3D printing the same as they learn how to code in computing. With the new Design and Technology GCSE specifications all mentioning 3D printing as an area for students to study, the expansion of the technology into schools is on an ever expanding journey. This week we were pleased to receive feedback from Audenshaw School in Manchester after they won the 3D printer giveaway to celebrate the launch of learnbylayers.
The 3D printer was an Airworlf HD kindly sponsored by Ben from Hawk3Dproto. The printer has an impressive build volume and produces excellent outcomes in print quality and is user friendly when operating it. As well as the 3D printer we also gave the school a free license to our full curriculum to really get the school going. Now the school is fully equipped to teach from age 11 all the way to 18 with the printer and the curriculum.
Audenshaw Design and Technology department
Tom Beardsall, Design and Technology teacher at the Audenshaw school explained, “Initially we’ll mainly be using the 3D Printer with sixth form groups however we run a lunchtime CAD/CAM club for KS3 and it now gives us an option to do some more exciting projects and schemes from your website, introducing and educating the younger students on 3D printing. It’s come at just the right time for our Year 13’s as they’re finalising their final ideas for their A2 coursework. The Printer will allow them to print some complex and demanding shapes as well as smaller fixtures and fittings.” The two students in the photo’s said “we’re very excited to have a play with the machine and make up a few prototype ideas in fusion.”
As you can see from the photo, it looks like the students are well into creating designs already and we wish Audenshaw all the best with the 3D printer. To learn more about our curriculum, please visit our lessons page that details the content in each lesson. Every lesson comes with a teaching powerpoint, lesson plan, students activities, homework tasks, answer sheets, assessment tasks and more. This means that by starting to teach 3D printing it has never been easier with our curriculum.