This page is for teachers and schools looking to start 3D printing – especially elementary/primary schools and middle schools (different printers are suitable for high schools).
Over the last few years we have spent countless hours in hundreds of elementary/primary and middle schools – we’ve seen what works and what to watch out for.
We have personally tested (and own) about 20 popular and award winning 3D printers and found only a few suitable for schools.
(Go here if you just want to skip to what we recommend as the best 3D printers for schools.)
These are the most important things you need to consider:
- What is your printer for?
- Is it a project itself? – students can learn a lot putting a 3D printer together and troubleshooting problems; or
- Is it a tool to produce objects? – students and teachers just want the prints!
- 3D printing without a 3D printer
- The very fastest way to get your school started in 3D
- What you’re going to be disappointed about
- And what you and your students will love
- Understand the difference between a $99 printer and a $5000 printer
- Hint: it is probably not print quality
- Safety features you need to think about
- Hot extruders, scrapers and fumes
- Other quick tips
- I saw a good deal on filament? My prints lift and warp? Where did this ball of string come from?