Putting 3D Printers Into Schools

Premier Napthine campaining for re-election in Victoria, Australia

3D printers have come down in price significantly in the last 5 years, which now puts them into the range of being available to schools and teachers as part of the learning process. Last year, the US President Obama said in his “State of the Union” Address

Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio.  A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.  There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns.

Similarly, in Victoria, Australia, where we will go to the polls at the end of the month, Premier Napthine has promised to put 3D printers into every secondary school will receive $3000 to buy a 3D printer. The secondary schools will also receive $750 each in “consumables” to go with the printers. The Premier said,

This means nearly 400 schools across the state will be able to have these 3D printers

This impetus to put 3D printers into schools has achieved more and more attention with both small and larger 3D printer companies like Makerbot coming to this space. Makerbot founder and Chief Executive Bre Prettis is keen on getting his printers into every school in the US as a stimulus for creativity.

Instead of waiting for someone to create a product for you, you can create your own…It can change the whole paradigm of how our children will see innovation and manufacturing in America.

Combined with lowering the prices of his printers, crowd-funding and business support it seems that this might actually happen. This critical mass of industry, government and education might be enough to get more and more printers into schools.

Has your school got a 3D printer?

Read more:
– http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/victoria-state-election-2014/schools-become-battlegrounds-as-election-campaign-heats-up-20141027-11cihh.html#ixzz3Iu7aJdR0
– http://www.cnet.com/au/news/makerbot-wants-to-put-a-3d-printer-in-every-us-public-school/