Posted by David Whitehouse

RIPON, UK, 14th January, 2015 – GoPrint3D: 3D printing is one of those technologies heavily-hyped as the next big thing, finally living up to the hype.  Sales to universities and schools in the UK have skyrocketed this year, with the education sector making up a big share of the 3D printing market.  Following the 3D printing trial in schools in 2014, Michael Gove announced funding for a further 60 schools to acquire this groundbreaking new technology.

Schools and Universities are using 3D printing to engage, inspire and teach beyond design and tech to STEM subjects and way beyond.  Stories of 3D printing success are coming out of the US every week, where 3D printing is slightly ahead of the curve.  One major trend is the creation of 3D printing labs and after-school clubs, where 3D printing is hugely popular – rooms full of students learning, designing, printing and innovating.  Students designing and 3D printing their own insects found they fell over when they made the legs too long; they modified their designs and printed new iterations – 3D printing evolution!

Meanwhile in the UK a fascinating Case-Study features pupils at St. Augustine’s using the most affordable form of the technology, the “3Doodler” 3D printing pen, to design a bridge between a specified gap, to create 3D models of human hearts in Biology and create jewellery in Art.

GoPrint3D are one company dedicated to bringing 3D printing into UK schools who last year at BETT were swamped by educators all wanting to find out more about this exciting technology.  This year educators are not asking “What is it?” but “Which one?” and “How do we get started?”.  The GoPrint3D team have developed and delivered 3D printing workshops all over the UK in 2014, including at the National STEM Centre in York.

Jo Young, Managing Director of GoPrint3D had this to say:

“3D Printing is popular in education; it’s such a versatile tool supported by an exciting eco-system of design and making.  It truly brings another dimension to learning”, Jo continues, “We’re finding more and more schools and universities are adopting 3D printing technology and we know this is set to grow in 2015.”
GoPrint3D will be showcasing their full range of 3D printers with live demos at BETT next week in London, alongside the 3Doodler and a 3D scanner (stand F117).  For more information on their range of 3D printers, please see www.goprint3d.co.uk.