You may have heard about all the cool things 3D printers can do. If you’re a math teacher, maybe you’ve thought about letting your students make their own manipulatives or get hands-on in geometry with 3D solids. If you’re an economics or business teacher, perhaps you’ve considered assigning students a project to design, market and sell their own 3D-printed products. Or maybe you’re a science teacher interested in exploring 3D models of cells, atoms or DNA with your students.
Wait! Slow down. Before you jump into purchasing and integrating this new gadget into your classroom, take a moment to consider the logistics and realities of becoming a 3D printer early adopter. Here’s a basic FAQ I’ve developed based on my own experiences and extensive research into classroom 3D printing.