Preparing Workforce In 3D Printing Project
Since its invention in the 1980’s, 3D printing has been adversely used for rapid prototyping. This is a process that involves the conversion of 3D digital models into finished, tangible and visual products. However, in the recent years, the technology has found its way into the education sector. Technology has revolutionized the way schools teach students.It has also started to evolve into the next-generation manufacturing technology. That is enabling the potential of local production of finished products.
3D Printing Programs
To grow a workforce that is capable of designing and developing 3D printed products is as important as advancing this technology. To meet this needs, it is necessary actively to introduce the use of 3D printing in our learning institutions for both training and education purposes.
One major challenge is that today’s technologies are growing at such a rapid pace that our conventional school curriculum programs can’t cope up with. As such, 3D printing programs have been developed specifically designed for learning and are now being integrated into school curricula.
3D Printing Into K-12
Ultimaker, a Dutch 3D printer manufacturer, is one example of a company. That has actively played a role in the education field as far as 3D printing is concerned. It has launched a pioneer program intended to bring 3D printing into K-12 as well as in schools of higher learning.
The pioneer program is an online-resource-sharing initiative encouraging teachers to share 3D printing resources to foster the use of the technology in both k12 and higher education.
Ultimaker hopes that this ambitious program is going to facilitate collaboration and innovation among instructors. With time it will eventually culminate into modern curricula that will be used to introduce the use of 3D printing effectively into the classrooms.
These programs focus more on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Careers using skills in these subjects are viewed to be many as compared to other fields of study. However, concentration on STEM education alone doesn’t necessarily guarantee career-ready students for those positions.
Instead, students have also to acquire key skills required for their success in the workplaces. Some of these skills involve teamwork, interpersonal skills, problem-solving and oral communication. These deeper skills were hard to teach without experiential learning where students are actively engaged in the learning process.
3D printing plays a significant role in fostering these deeper learning skills. It keeps the student’s spirit of innovation alive and offers a wider view of what it entails manufacturing.
It also provides the ability to imagine and explore ideas that were not possible a few years ago. With 3D printing, students approach things without any barriers limiting them. This ensures they are more adequately prepared for tomorrow’s workforce.
Education systems must change to keep up with the changing technologies of the 21st century. When it specifically comes to manufacturing, students keeping up with technology change is a critical factor that must be considered.
Just the way the manufacturing industry is rapidly changing and so must the education system as well. To respond to these needs, schools must have the right equipment, curriculum and experienced instructors necessary to meet the manufacturer’s needs. It is important to note that most manufacturing processes are now starting to adapt to 3D printing technology in their productions.