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Five Best Practices for 3D Printing in Education

1. Use the Workshop Like a Real Business

Real world designers and engineers don’t operate 3D printers themselves; they hand their files over to workshop or service center personnel for final production. Leading schools manage their 3D printing workload in much the same way.

2. Iterate, Iterate, Iterate

Design is an iterative process. What looks great on screen may not come out that way once it’s printed. Design for 3D printing is a process, and skilled workshop personnel can often spot a problem before printing, sending a student back to the drawing board to continue working on the design.

3. Faculty and Staff Work As a Team

The best results for students come when faculty and workshop staff collaborate. When professor communicate with workshop personnel during curriculum design, everyone is best served. This eliminates 3D printer downtime and potential workflow logjams at the end of the course.

4. Choose the Right Tool for the Job

Hobbyist-level 3D printers are simply not workhorses like professional-grade printers. There is a place for each, but a thorough needs assessment should be conducted before a purchase. A further question is whether FDMR or PolyJet technology is the better choice for your institution.

5. Seek Continual Improvement

Never stop looking for better ways of doing what you’re doing. Continual improvement and collaborating with colleagues at other institutions is a great knowledge-sharing opportunity.

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