3D Printing is having a game changing effect on many industries and every pupil deserves to have access to this wonderful technology.

Additive manufacturing, as it is otherwise known, is the process of ‘building up’ an object based on a CAD design, 3D scan or a downloaded file from online communities such as www.YouMagine.com. Ultimaker products allow this process to happen literally in front of your eyes and the inspirational effects on learning and engagement are phenomenal!

As a inspiring starting point why not try the following as an easy introduction lesson to 3D Printing for pupils or staff!

Once the 3D printer is set up and Cura is downloaded (download here) simply load the Ultibot file.











Once the model has loaded you can preview it or simply save to the SD card. Then put the SD card into the printer, select the file and press print.

Whilst the file is printing you can show pupils a time-lapse video of a print in action, so that they can see the entire printing process, then in small groups pupils can take it in turns to visit the printer to see it in action.

Participants in the lesson will be amazed at how quick the process is and once people’s initial reaction has calmed an opportunity to have an interactive Q&A arrives.

From our experience this will be very enthusiastic with people who are sometimes reluctant to get involved leading the discussion.

The facilitator then can lead the discussion down relevant subject route, whether it’s design ideas for D&T, DNA helix / bones for science, or algebraic functions expressed in 3D models for maths the possibilities are truly endless! Imagine it >>>make it!

In The Classroom

Follow this lesson plan to introduce pupils to the process of 3D Printing or as an inset resource for staff new to 3D Printing. It is useful to print a few objects such as the Ultibot as a physical resource to pass around the class so they can touch and feel a 3D Printed object as well as experience the printing process. You will need an Ultimaker in the classroom, set up ready to print and an example print such as the Ultibot.

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