3D Printing in Schools

Open source 3D printers

The first low cost FDM 3D printer came out of the Bath University RepRap project. This was one of the first open source hardware projects on the web. The machines can make parts to build another coining the term ‘self-replicating’.

http://reprap.org/wiki/RepRap

http://reprap.org/wiki/RepRap

The University of Twente in the Netherlands recently started an open source powder based 3D printer project.

http://pwdr.github.io/

http://pwdr.github.io/

The main attraction of open source 3D printers is the low initial cost but most require constant tweaking to keep them running smoothly. Schools who want to print models at the press of a button may be better buying a production 3D printer.


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