3D Printing: Giving your students a safe learning experience

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Today’s educators must balance teaching with keeping students engaged; it poses a continuous challenge for teachers. Looking to technology, 3D printing is being used successfully in the classroom to support traditional teaching methods. Naturally, student safety is a concern.
When students can print 3D models themselves, it’s often a key factor in the student’s learning experience.  3D printing encourages participation and active learning which helps students absorb and retain the information being taught. By turning a design into a reality, students can test theories and ideas; for many, a 3D model provides the ‘aha’ moment in understanding a complex subject.

At the same time, educators must be assured that any new technology brought into the classroom or lab has safety in mind – avoiding any harm or risk of injury.

Safe 3D Printing with Y Soft

Y Soft continues to work closely with educators on the YSoft be3D eDee 3D printer design, from looking at the needs of students as well as schools and universities, to ensuring that the safety features are suitable for unsupervised use in the classroom.

With an enclosed print chamber, lockable doors and restricted access to mechanisms, students are not at risk of injury from hot and moving parts. The printer cannot be opened while it is in operation as the door is automatically locked. Many off the shelf 3D printers are not enclosed and require adult supervision.
By using a built-in print bed sensor, calibration is carried out automatically, removing the need to manually adjust the build platform by putting hands inside the machine.

Even the filament (the printing material) was considered when designing the YSoft be3D eDee printer for student use. PLA (PolyLactic Acid) filament, a cornstarch-based resin, is safer than other printing materials as it does not produce toxic fumes during the printing process. 

To find out more about 3D printing specifically for education, read the eBook ‘An educator’s guide to introducing 3D printing in the classroom.

Do you have a 3D printer in your classroom? We would love to hear from you, use the comments section below to share your thoughts and any questions you might have.

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