This is a very topical subject. 3D printing is the future of many things, but the key word here is 'future'. 3D printing offers a great deal of potential, but for many things the potential is just that. But talk and write about 3D rinting in this context and some of the thousands of people actively exploring 3D printing will focus on this aspect, and the future will arrive sooner rather than later.
This is an exciting area of 3D printing. The Dutch fashion industry has picked up 3D printing more than most, but we are starting to see it happen in the UK as well.
We at 'it is 3D' are planning a 3D fashion catwalk as part of Technopop, an exciting festival of future technology which will happen in 2014, all to excite and motivate young people about design, innovation future technologies and future careers. For more information, visit www.technopop.co.uk
We are holding the first West Midlands meet-up to thank current Code Club volunteers for their support and meet with new ones.
Martin Stevens's insight:
Coding is becoming a big issue for schools. Why? Because there is a dangerous shortage of coding going on leading to a dangerous shortage of coders for industry. The creative industries sector s growing fast, along with gaming. They need coders now and in the future. And so does manufacturing industry. And IT companies. And so on.
Do you remember Skylar Tibbits, the guy who introduced us to 4D Printing? We reported on his TED Talk initially on February and you can see the full talk here. Now we present you with Hyperform, a new video from Skylar.
I heard Skylar at the Re.Form event in London last week. Here, the fourth 'D' is about self adjusting and self assembling materials. It is very interesting what they are doing at MIT, but I think this is one technology for the slightly longer term.
Very modestly, I have added two blogs which I wrote recently, and which are on our website. 'it is 3D' focuses primarily on the education market, and although it has its own 3D printer, the Maxit, it does not see itself purely as a 3D printer company but as a 3D company. The subtle difference? The difference is not so subtle. A 3D printer in a school is just another tool (probably gathering dust in a cupboard) unless it is accompanied with mechanisms which enable kids to design as well. More on this can be found on our website.
And the blogs?
The first one is about the UK government and 3D printing. The second is based on an event called FutureMaker which we attended.
They are both well worth reading (even more modesty) if you are interested in education, in 3D technologies or indeed in anything else whatever!
Great presentation of a vital concept. Two observations:
1. "We are born creative". Watch young children when given the tools (paper, crayons, scissors, glue, toilet rolls etc) and how creative they are. Too few kids leave school with that creativity intact.
2. In the UK, designers of all sorts are being encouraged to get into schools to explain, excite and motivate. Getting individuals and firms involved is a vital step in encouraging and fostering creativity.
Are these ideas far fetched? Yes of course they are, but if you don't set yourself stretching targets, you don't move forward. What is interesting is the number of different ideas that use 3D printing in some form. It is a technology whose time has come.
Modified 3D printers developed at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in North Carolina, that print human cells in hydrogel-based scaffolds have accomplished the feat of printing miniature human organs to test new vaccines in a lab.
I predicted that this technology would happen, but even I, who argues that 3D printing is changing the world very quickly, am stunned by the speed of progress here. How soon until the end of anumal testing?
Great proposal. Huge inbuilt prejudice to the concepts. In the UK, the Ministry for Education has been trying to revert to the model which is rejected in this piece. It has been beaten back a little, but we have been fighting tooth and nail to get any movement from a 19th century model of education.
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