3D printing in schools: Is it worth it?

3D printing is one of those strange education trends that garners much hype, but which to my mind has yet to unveil any true educational potential. I “get” that it’s great to see one’s renderings produced as an actual product, that can be held and seen, and I also “get” that that process imbues the classroom with no small amount of fun, making it more attractive to students than the 2D learning space of textbooks and Powerpoint.

However, the costs of buying and running a 3D printer are still so high that many teachers and administrators are asking themselves, “Is it really worth it?”

I’ve constructed this blog to answer by own skepticism, and hope, by the end, to have convinced myself that 3D printing delivers on real learning outcomes.

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