Manufacturers of FDM 3D Printers are creating their own way to enable better integration of 3D Printing. Be it through education programs or educational platforms, the use of 3D Printing is increasingly becoming vulgar in education – at least in Europe and in the US where the markets offer a big potential in terms of growth.
Creating an engaging and interactive community for students
Co-located with the Institution’s new e-sports environment and virtual reality pods, MakerBot Innovation Center gives access to over 20 MakerBot 3D Printers.
At the heart of The St. John’s University Technology values, there are collaboration across disciplines and innovative learning approach which increasingly attract students and staff while paving the way to wider access to 3D printing to teach ideation, problem-solving, and iteration.
“3D printing in academia has become increasingly widespread as more schools look to combine new technologies into their curriculum to better prepare their students for the workforce,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO of MakerBot. “St. John’s University is at the forefront of creativity. Its adoption of 3D printing with a MakerBot Innovation Center provides students a competitive edge that will enable them to excel in their careers.”
A well-established 3D Printing curriculum
The University already teaches several lectures that integrate 3D printing into their curricula: Art & Design, Marketing, Foreign Language, Education, and Physiology.
The next step will be to set up classes on additive manufacturing and additive design approach, as well as an art elective in 3D printing and modeling.
“Before the introduction of 3D modeling in Art 1090 Jewelry design, student designs were limited by the physical properties of the materials used. With the introduction of 3D printing, the students’ creative potential has been greatly enhanced,” said Ross Barbera, Associate Professor, Art and Design, St.
John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. John’s University. “Modeling in TinkerCad and Fusion 360, then printing at the Innovation Center with MakerBot printers, provides students with powerful tools enabling them to exercise their creative imaginations to the fullest. With these new technological tools, students are now exploring design possibilities not possible with traditional materials and methods, are limited only to the extent that they can imagine.”
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