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How 3D Printing is Transforming Education

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The education sector is constantly evolving and adapting to the technological advancements of our time. In recent years, 3D printing technology has emerged as a game-changer in education, providing students and educators with a powerful tool to enhance the learning experience. Stratasys, a leading provider of 3D printing solutions, has been at the forefront of this revolution, providing educators with access to cutting-edge technology that is transforming the classroom.

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of creating three-dimensional objects from a digital model. It involves layering successive layers of material until the final object is complete. 3D printing technology has been around for decades, but only in recent years has it become accessible and affordable enough for use in education.

Transforming the classroom, and beyond.

Integrating 3D printing into the curriculum can have far-reaching benefits for students, but can also go beyond typical expectations to positively impact financials and launch research to new levels. Want to know just how? Keep reading below.

Education the next generation

3D printing is leading the way, from engineering to healthcare. By providing your students with the technology widely adopted in industry, you equip them with the skills to succeed.

Alongside this, by incorporating 3D printing into the curriculum, a university can differentiate itself from competing institutions and attract students looking for a cutting-edge education.

Supporting global business.

Reinforce the success of your university by working alongside businesses to produce prototypes, end-use parts and more, providing you real-world value from day one.

Fostering a stronger relationship with the local community, 3D printing/additive can unlock additional channels of funding and resource, whilst strengthening your university’s reputation as a centre of industry excellence.

Unlocking your creative mind.

Facilitate potentially ground-breaking research projects with the best-in-class technology, across a wide variety of sectors you didn’t think possible before.
Enable and innovate across hundreds of fields such as medicine, arts and engineering. Plus you can take 3D printing even further with open materials, giving you the opportunity to push the envelope of the technology to the unknown.


This technology has the capacity to create impact across the whole university, unlocking the potential of many different departments with a single solution. For example:

In engineering and design fields, 3D printing technology is being used to create prototypes and test designs. This has significantly reduced the time and cost involved in the product development process, as students can quickly iterate and refine their designs until they are ready for production.

In architecture, Stratasys 3D printing technology is being used to create models of buildings and other structures. This allows students to explore different design options and visualise how their ideas would look in real life. It also allows them to identify potential issues before construction begins, saving time and money.

In healthcare, Stratasys 3D printing technology is being used to create anatomical models for medical education and training. These models provide a realistic representation of the human body that allows students to practice surgical procedures and other medical interventions in a safe and controlled environment.

Stratasys 3D printing technology is also being used in art and design education to create sculptures, jewellery, and other works of art. This allows students to explore new techniques and materials that would be difficult or impossible to create using traditional methods.

Benefits of Stratasys 3D Printing in Education

Stratasys has worked to develop a portfolio of polymer 3D printing technology alongside universities to prove real-life benefits to implementing the process.


Enhances Learning: 3D printing technology provides a more engaging and interactive learning experience that can improve retention and understanding.


Encourages Creativity: Allows students to explore new ideas and create physical models that bring their ideas to life, with full-colour multi-material 3D printing.


Improves Efficiency: Faster iteration and refinement of designs, reducing the time and cost involved in the product development process.


Saves Resources: Reduce the need for physical prototypes and models, saving materials and reducing waste, on office-friendly printers with a small footprint to fit anywhere and everywhere.


Real-World Applications: Stratasys 3D pronting is already being utilised across thousands of industries and workplaces. Arm your students with the tools they’ll need and use from day one of their learning process.

In conclusion, Stratasys 3D printing technology is revolutionizing education by empowering students and educators with an innovative tool that enhances the learning experience. With the ability to create physical models of their ideas, students are able to better understand and engage with complex concepts. Additionally, the use of Stratasys 3D printing technology promotes creativity, efficiency, and real-world application in various fields. As the education sector continues to evolve, it’s clear that Stratasys 3D printing technology will play a crucial role in shaping the future of education.

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