The Benefits of 3D Printing in Education: Opinions of 34 Experts

The benefits of 3D printing in education are far and wide, as highlighted when we asked the opinions of 34 experts from a whole range of professions involving 3D printing

In today's post, we're looking at the amazing benefits of 3D printing in education. Rather than providing our own thoughts, we decided to reach out to our community and gather feedback from a wide range of experts - ranging from teachers and influencers to value added resellers and 3D technology manufacturers. 

A survey was conducted that asked the community what they thought was the biggest benefit of 3D printing in education. The multiple choice survey included the following answers:

  • enhances student engagement
  • provides students with skills required for the future
  • supports hands-on learning
  • ignites creativity
  • teaches problem solving skills
  • other 

Each participant also provided an explanation of their answer and we documented the responses in a series of infographics. Let's take a look at the results!

As you have seen, the answers we received are far and wide but there's a common thread highlighted within the survey - everyone has the passion and belief that 3D printing can bring positive change to the education system. In our opinion, there's no right or wrong answer to the survey we undertook - the biggest benefit of 3D printing in education can vary from person to person and may depend on 'how the educator approaches the opportunity' as mentioned by our friend Kaila Carty (Education Program Marketing Manager - Autodesk) in a recent conversation we had with her.

Finally, we'd like to thank everyone who participated to this blog and we hope you enjoyed hearing their input as much as we did!

If you're an educator looking to introduce 3D printing in the classroom, we welcome you to apply for a free 7-day trial of our 3D printing lesson plan library, PrintLab Classroom. To apply for the trial, simply click here and fill out the short form.

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