In this article I would like to tell you about the impact that 3D Printing is having in the world of education and more specifically in schools. From 1984, when the printing of materials to the present was implemented for the first time, the evolution of 3d printing has been surprising.
1992 - MANUFACTURE OF PROTOTYPES LAYER BY LAYER
2002 - A KIDNEY 3D IN OPERATION
2008 - GREAT PROGRESS IN THE PROSTHESIS.
2011 - FIRST AIRCRAFT PRINTED IN 3D.
2012 - FIRST IMPLANT IMPEDES OF MANDIBLE PRINTED IN 3D
But if we focus on schools implementation and development was slower, until only 2 years ago is when schools have begun to have 3D printers in their classrooms and with this to develop subjects and projects focused on the design of parts in 3 Dimensions .
Companies like BQ they are a fundamental piece in this development since not only their products are of great quality and compatibility in the education sector but thanks to their channel of BQ-Education centers like ours, the European School of Madrid, has been able to choose projects and resources to work in their classrooms.
From EuropeanValley and continuing with our philosophy of working with our students on real projects and objectives we did not want to miss this opportunity to develop a project that has these premises.
Thanks to the Enabling The Future organization we have been able to work with our students to develop a hand prosthesis for a very clear purpose; «Help a partner». Our idea was to divide this project into several phases so that everyone feels part of it, so we began to modify and customize the pieces of our "hand" thanks to design programs such as FreeCad or Cura3D, free software that we also work and teach in our lessons.
After this, we had to print our pieces and for that we used our 3D printers, a Witbox2 and the Prusai3 both of the BQ brand. The impression was long since the pieces have to be in a certain quality and thickness for the prosthesis to be resistant, so we have to correct and repeat some impressions, but all the errors are useful to learn and more when you are in a classroom.
Finally and once with the pieces already printed we had to polish and assemble them, for this our primary students helped us with skill and patience, polished those pieces to later mount them and that everything fit perfectly.
Now that our hand is assembled, we only have to place a tension system to give this “super-hand” a little more realism, where older students will have to help us to assemble it. When we have everything ready do not doubt that we will make a new article with the final photos so you can see that the 3D Impression can be used from a school to do VERY VERY USEFUL things.
Watch the report that Telemadrid made about our project.