You probably don’t own a 3D printer yet. Like computers in the early 1980s, it’s an intriguing new technology that hasn’t quite found its place in the home.
3D printing, or “additive manufacturing,” has been around since the 1980s. But it’s generated a great deal of buzz in recent years as long-held patents expired and marketers touted future possibilities, including 3D-printed shoes and food.
Schools are proving to be a petri dish of innovation, where there is an existing space for experimentation and practical application, as well as palpable enthusiasm for the technology among the students.
3D printing technology is revolutionizing education sector, giving students extraordinary levels of motivation and the opportunity to exercise their imaginations, as well as practice skills that will serve them in the future, in an exciting new way.
The Indian education system lacks at experiential learning, and that’s where 3Dexter comes into the picture. Since 3D printing is becoming extensively used in manufacturing industry level and day-to-day usable products, the startup believes that it is a must that the school students should learn about this technology.
The core skills that 3Dexter provides are visualization, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and subject integration through physical experience.
3D Printing unsurprisingly goes hand in hand with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum, but just about every subject within a school curriculum could benefit from 3D printing technology.
3Dexter have designed a 3D printing curriculum for the schools in sync with the CBSE, IB and ICSE board and impart 3D Printing and Designing skills with proper classroom integration of the various subjects being taught to them. The vision being to bring innovation at its core and start mini factories in schools where students Visualize-Design-Create.
3Dexter holds 3D printing Workshops in schools to inspire enthusiasts to explore the world of third dimension. Workshops are designed for both basic and advanced categories where the students are exposed to benefits and how-to’s of 3D printing.
Apart from training school students, the company also creates high quality 3D Printers for educational as well as industrial use. These reliable printers are cost effective and can be customized on demand.
Within 3 months of its launch, 3Dexter is operational in 6 schools in Delhi-NCR, with 15 more schools already in pipeline to adopt the technology. It is also targeting cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Dehradun. By the end of April 2017, it aims to get into more than 100 schools.
At present, 3Dexter provides an all-round package to schools consisting of 2 to 3 printers, spool (bio-degradable raw material), trained teachers, 3D pens and lesson plans according to the client’s preference.