The 3D Printer has been a very positive addition to our school. As a small setting, we were able to make sure every pupil had a chance to print their designs and really put their name to something they had created. Other benefits included incentives, where pupils who had won star of the week were able to print their own extra-curricular designs as rewards.
It is heartwarming to hear stories of how technology suppliers and local industry partners are helping young children in school get access to game changing technologies such as 3D Printing. Today an astonishing 40% of jobs within science and engineering remain vacant so it has never been more important to inspire the young people of today to see how these career paths are real options for each and every one of them.
Alison Hutchings, Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Ambassador at RS Components presented the Ultimaker 2 3D Printer to Woodnewton – A Learning Community in Corby last month in a bid to get children involved with STEM. RS Components as a business are passionate about promoting the uptake of engineering from an early age and demonstrated how our CREATE Education Project can help the school with support and FREE resources for the classroom. Alison told us how they have until now only ever worked collaboratively with education at University level so are excited to be able to now embark on working with children at primary school level. The donation of the hardware to this local school along with the open source access to resources provided by our CREATE Education Project is just one of the many ways we can demonstrate how innovation is changing the world and will surely drive further innovation seeded by the imagination of these young minds.
Ellen Wallace, Executive Principal of Woodnewton said “It is a truly wonderful gift which will really enhance the curriculum. The opportunities that this piece of equipment will provide will inspire children from a young age to investigate, design and experiment across many different subjects.”
We are looking forward to working more closely with RS Components in 2017 to inspire innovation in many more classrooms across the country and look forward to bringing you further updates from Woodnewton of their experiences.
At UTC Leeds we specialise in advanced manufacturing and engineering. Both these areas are and will continue to be influenced heavily by 3D printing. Being part of the CREATE Education project enables myself and students at UTC Leeds to promote this form of manufacture to other schools who may not be able to afford such equipment. This helps not only UTC Leeds itself by showcasing how we embrace new technologies, but enables our student experts to become role models and mentors to younger members within our local education area. We use the Ultimakers in every area possible from Product Design at both GCSE and A level to Engineering at Level 2 and Level 3. They are easy to set up and use giving high quality prints on a regular basis in a time frame that is fairly quick. The range of colours and material options available from various sources enable a range of objects to be printed giving different outcomes that’s students enjoy. The CREATE Education project has been an inspiration due to the range of projects showcased on the site, this motivates myself to push the boundaries with our students in terms of their designing and use of 3D printing to realise their visions.
I am Michael the Innovation Lab Technician in charge of supplying technical training and help to members of Serious Impact.
The Ultimaker is in fact one of the only pieces of equipment that I have used for demonstrations prior to our launch. Being able to demonstrate it straight out of the box was so handy as the 3D object files are already on the SD card slotted into the front of the machine.
A group of young adults have been over to see how technology labs can help them make their ideas real and the Ultimaker kept them inspired for quite some time. I was able to demonstrate live just how additive manufacturing works and how it is changing industry today.
I have been both a fan and collaborator of Create Education since I came across them in 2014. What impresses me is their selfless dedication to objective of incorporating their technology into education. Working with educationalist, teachers and students of all ages they have both input and output ideas on how 3D printing can be used. Through their interaction they have developed free software to support the student that fits the curriculum and works alongside a full range of disciplines.
The Create Education team have been and are instrumental in making 3D printing accessible to schools and students. They have not just gone into the market with a flashy brochure. They have gone into schools and rolled up their sleeves, learned at the chalk face and given back in terms of their education interface, product and software development. Create Education provide much more than just an Ultimaker 3D printer. From the printer itself to the software and the Create Education Community it is an interactive emersion.
The raw productive power of 3D printing has proven to be a powerful key to unlock the immense creativity and potential of young people, of all abilities and expand their awareness of what is possible, in terms of careers and their futures
The Create Education Project is a powerhouse of knowledge, expertise, resources and connections that we have and will continue to draw upon to innovate and grow our ideas – they make the impossible, possible. Without the Create Education Project our ProtoGP Schools Kart Challenge would never have gotten off the ground!
Academic year 2014-2015 92% of students achieved A+ and A* with all work including a 3D Printed element using the Ultimaker printers” Our course numbers have shot up with the addition of the Ultimakers, we now have 45 year 10 students and 2 AS groups for the coming year
Dens Road Nursery have been thrilled with the impact using the Ultimaker 3D printer has had on our pupils’ digital awareness and understanding. The range of higher order thinking skills which they have been using has ensured a clear depth and breadth of knowledge whilst the software has given them the personalisation and choice which is so key to Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
Using the Ultimaker 2 has allowed our learners to develop their knowledge and understanding and 2D shapes and 3D objects which is giving them a strong start in numeracy for their transition to Primary One.
The extension of their vocabulary has also been invaluable. Pupils of a preschool age using and understanding a wide range of vocabulary linked to technologies and enhancing their knowledge of the wider world of learning, life and work.
This project has allowed us to expand and extend our learners’ understanding of the every changing digital world around them through the creation of their 3D printed playground.
We are now looking to continue this learning process as we extend our work with town planning students from Dundee University in a bid to ready our pupils for their future world of word.
Jenni Mackay, Education Support Officer for Digital Learning, Dundee City Council
Rian Davies, Nursery Teacher and Lynzie Penman, Early Years Educator – Dens Road Nursery School, Dundee.
The Imperial College Advanced Hackspace has been delighted to become a CREATE Education Hub. We love the Ultimakers for their ease of use, flexibility with material and open source nature. The service provided by Ultimaker GB has been wonderful, especially from Daniel and Paul. They answered our questions, addressed all our needs and tackled any issues with grace and style.
We chose Ultimaker over other FDM machines as all elements of the machine are accessible and non proprietary. The fact that the team is located in the UK makes surmounting any problems a cinch. Finally, the Cura software is easy to learn and easier than many to teach to our members; which means that we don’t require a bevvy of technicians on hand.
The range of 3D printers that Ultimaker provide, from the self-assembly Original kits to the ready-to-run Ultimaker 2s allows us to teach 3D printing to people with different skills levels. Assembling a 3D printer from scratch demystifies the process, allowing us to really demonstrate how the printer works and how one can maintain it/ fix any problems. Furthermore, being able to tinker relatively easily with the hardware makes the printers easier to hack and upgrade.
The printers allow us to prototype quickly in a safe environment and we really enjoy working with these machines.
Our younger students are interested in it from the age of 11 right through to 18. It interests students with mathematical skills, scientific skills, but also creative skills, of all ages and of all genders.
The pupils are amazed at how they can see an object they have designed appearing before them in a matter of minutes. They are quite mesmerized by the Ultimaker when it’s in action. We took delivery of it on Tuesday 11th Feb and have already incorporated it into our Y8,Y10 projects and Y11 GCSE work. Y8 are working on a fragrance branding project and this morning (Friday 14th) have designed some really intricate tops for their bottles. These are being printed right now and the pupils are so excited they want to come back at the end of today to see them (even though they’re breaking up for half term)!
We love our UM2! From day one straight out of the box we have used it through the DigitME project here at UCLAN for producing parts and ‘end effectors’ for our robotics studies and for engineering purposes. This machine works almost 24/7 and has to produce parts that are robust and practical. Often our pieces have screws and bolts through them and require high accuracy to ensure the interaction with other components works. The UM2 never lets us down.
As well as the machine being reliable and practical the CURA software that accompanies it is great too – the plugins for features such as ‘pause at height’ have allowed to us totally encapsulate metal parts inside plastic ones giving us new levels of rigidity and practicality. When we saw the software and machine were both open source it was an easy step for us to make the machine our primary research platform.
The final nod of approval has to go to the team at Ultimaker GB – their dedication to furthering the product in education and in our development of their machines means that their support is never ending and the excitement they show is inspiring; a true team that really know how good they’re product is.