Our education system is highly primitive, with rote learning being the basis of most of our school education. As a result of which when students progress in their respective careers, they invariably have to undergo an on-job training or they have to undergo some re-skilling courses. Re-skilling has become so prominent in the corporate world today that, it is one of the most trending topics in the industry. To overturn such a scenario we should try and cultivate a habit of introducing new and revolutionizing technologies, like 3D Printing, to students at an early age. With technologies like 3D Printing in education, the students will not only get an exposure to the upcoming industry trends, but it will also help them stay relevant when they step outside in the “real” world.
The role of 3D Printing in education cannot be undermined. Students can use 3D Printing in their school and college projects: Let’s say in a chemistry class, when the professor talks about a peculiar arrangement of molecules, the students can print the molecular structure and see for themselves how the bonds are arranged around a crystal lattice. This not only increases a student’s urge to learn but also recreates a new learning experience. Or perhaps in a science class when the teacher refers to a certain internal body organ – which is difficult to visualize – the students can print the same in the class. This will give them a chance to actually perceive the theoretical things in a practical way.
The benefits of 3D Printing in classroom are unparalleled. 3D Printing promotes curiosity, and it allows students to think beyond the obvious. The best thing about 3D printing is that, it is going to change things around us; you can print almost anything you can imagine. When students see a 3D Printer for the first time, it is no short of a magic machine for them in which they just have to input a design at one end, and a physical product comes out at the other. It creates an engagement that’s hard to replicate. The students are basically bestowed with an ability to take an idea, a design that they have come up with themselves and actually see it become a reality.
In order to see 3D Printing in education come to fruition, we, at Chizel, happen to conduct a lot of workshops and tutorials for students. And what we have observed is that, if you give the students an opportunity to ideate and conceptualize on products that they desire, you’ll be amazed to see what they can come up with. Technologies like 3D Printing allow students to not settle for the way things are in the world. Their ideas are so fresh and raw that it promotes personal creativity. And since complexity isn’t an issue in 3D Printing, students can literally think outside-the-box. Another important aspect is that the students are exposed to critical skills early on – the softwares that enable basic 3D CAD design are plug and play softwares with in-build libraries which the students can easily master.
With technology like 3D Printing, the biggest take away is that, we are no more limited by the way we make things, we are only limited by the way we think!
So, dear readers, what novel ideas can you think of? Also, do let us know what you think about the prospects of 3D Printing in education, and the challenges, if any, that you see in its implementation.