Engineering, Education and 3D Printing

Engineering, Education and 3D Printing

Times are changing and education is evolving.  Students capabilities are increasing, not only are they faster learners but they have resources at their fingertips now.  With both our minds and technologies changing, it’s only right that educators are up to date with the most current equipment to guarantee future successes. In hardware and software technology is a proven resource to help students succeed in school.

Consider for a moment, colleges and magnet schools, which primarily focus on a specific major/field of study.  Students chose programs in specific fields because they found interest and know they will be successful in their future and love their jobs.  When they chose these programs, they trust they are getting the best education with the best technology that will provide them a career they will love.

Technology can help even the most difficult programs that have high dropout rates or low attention rates.  Using the correct software and hardware can keep students engaged in all projects, classroom discussions, team building experiments and overall learning.

Let’s focus on the Engineering programs, across the board.  Records show high dropout rates and estimations of 50% going forward of students dropping out.  Why?  Engineering is a complex technical major.  Often times engineers deal with fractions of data, uncertainty, constant changes in data and consequences of decisions.  Many of the issues that need changing are; lack of communication and teamwork experience, engaging in programs that can relate to social, environmental and economic and curriculum that is too focused on the technical courses rather that integrating topics into real world experience.

By challenging students with real world problems it engages their decision making skills, allows them to work in teams to solve problems using real world technology like 3D printing, CAD designing software and CNC machines.  It increases student’s opportunities to learn that will benefit them in future careers.

The evolution of 3D printing technologies will help aid the growth and changes in education.  It’s crucial for educators to see the benefits technology can offer students, to not only keep them in their engineering programs, but to keep them fully engaged.  Provide them with real world challenges that require them to work together with team mates as they would experience in real careers.   With 3D printing and technologies, students can be in control.  Learning how to design prototypes faster, more efficiently, develop skills like time management and project management and of course these skills are what transfers into real world professions.

It’s time education evolves to give students the best education for them to be successful in engineering programs, give them the skills they need to transfer into the real-world.


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