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3D printing for Education

for teachers, lecturers, professor and researchers

3D printing is taking universities by storm. It doesn’t become a new discipline of knowledge, but it clearly attracts the attention of educators. Learn more what is the role of 3d printing in education

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    3D printing in education

    Easy adoption for new students
    As the number of potential users is high and variable – new students join classes every year, the printer at the university should be durable and easy to use. By the easiness of use, we don’t mean that the 3D printing process should be completely automatic.
    Easy maintenance
    The printers should be also easy to maintain and repair. It should be possible for students to do the maintenance by themselves.
    Optimal print area
    The print area should not be either too small or too big. Small print areas limit the number of potential projects, while big print areas on the other hand generate a lot of material costs, that with constant use of a 3D printer will make operations very expensive.
    Open parameters
    3D printers that offer open parameters are most often chosen by universities. For educators and researchers, it is important to have the option of changing as many parameters as possible.

    What kind of printers are mostly used at universities?

    University labs are often the best equipped facitilities equipped with different types of 3D printers. You can find here various technologies such as bioprinting, EBM, FDM, Material Jetting, Metal, SLA, or SLS. The future enginners, designers and entreprenouts can hone their skills learning how to operate all types of 3D printers.

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    Research

    Scientific research is a field that is crucial to ensuring progress, both scientific and business. Researchers need the ability to change printing parameters. It is crucial in understanding the properties of the printout based on the process parameters, and tuning those properties for special applications.

    3D printing as support for other university courses

    3D printing is present in a growing number of faculties and university departments. From computer graphics, via design and manufacturing with polymers, engineering design, and general engineering, through graphic design, industrial engineering, informatics, mechanical design, and manufacturing processes, to product and industrial design, product development, and product realization. All those classes are crucial for future designers and creators.

    3D printing as the main lecture

    You can learn about the advantages and disadvantages of 3D printing or find out the differences between additive manufacturing and conventional manufacturing methods. Students need to know the differences between various AM technologies to be sure which one applies best to their project needs. What’s more, some universities have classes learning about business opportunities of 3D printing, or even recognizing current and future 3d printing applications.

    3D printing applications at universities

    Additive manufacturing is widely used in education. Below you will find just a few examples of 3d printing projects that have their roots in universities. From research to student projects, additive manufacturing is shaping the future with the high tech available today.

    Exoskeletons

    Besides teaching the 3d printing technology itself, universities use 3D printers to create artifacts needed for educational purposes. One of the most common artifacts is the exoskeleton.

    Producing specified drug tablets

    Sinterit’s SLS technology was used to optimize a wide range of pharmaceutical products in the form of tablets. The technology was coupled with Hot Melt Extrusion for the engineering of SLS printable powders.

    Phantoms

    The SLS process improved print quality and reliability, over the previously used FDM approach and resulted in highly detailed prints. The human brain phantom was printed in two halves so that the remaining powder could easily be removed from the non-visible areas. After that, the halves were glued together.

    Lisa
    Lisa PRO
    Build speed
    3mm/h
    3mm/h
    Build volume
    110 x 160 x 230 [mm] (4.3 x 6.3 x 9 [in])
    110 x 160 x 130 [mm] (4.3 x 6.3 x 5.1 [in])
    Open parameters
    NO
    YES
    Compatibile materials
    2
    9
    3rd party materials
    NO
    YES

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          Pricing

          Below there are approximate costs for some example models.
          Be aware that the quotation assumes that there is only one piece printed. In SLS technology, the cost per part will be much lower with a higher number of elements printed at once.
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          • Standard
          Model
          Dimensions
          PA12
          Smooth
          PA11
          Onyx
          Flexa
          Grey
          Flexa
          Bright
          Flexa
          Soft
          TPE
          Below
          Model volume:
          Model volume:
          Total print height:
          6.82 cm
          Dimensions:
          65 x 65 x 63 mm
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          Crank
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Total print height:
          6.82 cm
          Dimensions:
          65 x 65 x 63 mm
          49,90 €
          49,90 €
          49,90 €
          49,90 €
          49,90 €
          49,90 €
          Derailleur
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Total print height:
          6.82 cm
          Dimensions:
          65 x 65 x 63 mm
          71,80 €
          71,80 €
          71,80 €
          71,80 €
          71,80 €
          71,80 €
          Driller housing
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Total print height:
          6.82 cm
          Dimensions:
          65 x 65 x 63 mm
          157 €
          157 €
          157 €
          157 €
          157 €
          157 €
          Model
          Dimensions
          PA12
          Smooth
          PA11
          Onyx
          Flexa
          Grey
          Flexa
          Bright
          Flexa
          Soft
          TPE
          Crank
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          Crank
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          Crank
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          Crank
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          Crank
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          Crank
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          Model volume:
          28.12 cm^3
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €
          51,30 €

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