3D printing technology is being adopted increasingly in Schools, Colleges and Universities in order engage students in the curriculum and also to equip students with the skills required for future jobs in engineering, manufacturing and a wide range of other industries that are starting to use this technology

As the 3D printing industry matures, the technology has become much more accessible to education organisations, with desktop 3D printers becoming more affordable, more reliable and with an increasing set of features.

However, with more manufacturers, different technologies, and models to choose from, at widely different price points, it can be difficult to select the best 3D printer to meet your requirements and budget.

The aim of this guide is to help you to select the most appropriate 3D printer for your requirements.

It will help you to understand some of the most commonly available types of 3D printers that are suitable for education and the different features available so that you can make an informed choice.

The guide includes information on the following:

  • The types of 3D printing technology.
  • Explanations of the different 3D printer features.
  • Considerations when choosing a 3D printer.
  • 3D printer recommendations for different education levels and applications.

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 further information about specific 3D printers. If you have the PDF open on your computer or device, you can click on the links directly from the PDF to open the links.

In The Classroom

This is a professional development resource to help teachers and technicians understand the different 3D printing technologies and 3D printer features, although some of the content in this guide may also be a useful reference for students who are learning about 3D printing technologies.