Ultimaker produce a 3D printer that is available as a kit to build, schools in the Netherlands have pioneered using the Original Kit with students as a STEM activity with students working in teams to build the 3D printer. The benefits of this approach is that the students are learning first hand the manufacturing skills required to build the printers, they also gain a greater depth of understanding of how the 3D printer works as well as the technical expertise to maintain and fix the printers in the future.
The CREATE Education Project, first decided to test the DIY approach with a group of local schools in Chorley. This was run as a competition day, the team to complete the build first won the printer for their school. This was a great success and since then other schools in the community have embarked upon 3D printer build projects themselves and are sharing their experiences with us.