With the expansion of the applications of 3D printing technology throughout industry, it is important that students start to develop the design and technical skills required to harness this technology. This will provide a future workforce with the skills required to meet the demands of this expanding industry.

Developing these skills can begin in the Primary school. Schools can maximise on their investment by embedding 3D printing across the school at all levels and in multiple subject areas, using it as a tool to increase pupil engagement and attainment.

The new version of this guide updated for 2021 provides Primary Schools with an overview of how 3D printing can be utilised within a Primary school setting across all ages, levels and curriculum areas, including:

  • Getting started and introduction to 3D printing.
  • Understanding the 3D printing process.
  • 3D printing skills progression (for ages 4-11) – a complete progression route with suggested projects for each stage. This takes pupils from total beginners designing in 2D through to them being able to design their own 3D models.
  • 3D printing across the curriculum – details, examples and ideas for how 3D printing can be used across the curriculum with a dedicated section for each Primary subject area as well as cross-curricular, STEAM and business enterprise ideas.
  • Lots of project ideas and links to further resources and case studies.
  • Links to project and activity resources.
  • Further support and professional development.

We have published the guide as a handy downloadable PDF, this will allow you to print it out and have it by your side as a valuable reference. The guide contains lots of useful links to specific further information and resources. If you have the PDF open on your computer or device, you can click on the links directly from the PDF to open the resources.

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