Why Use 3D Printing?

Secondary Schools & Academies
Revolutionising Design & Tech

3D printing (or additive manufacturing) can be used to streamline the design process:

  • Concept - 3Doodlers can be used to play with ideas and construct an initial concept design.
  • Design - CAD can be used to create the design, with the advantages of being able to do more complex shapes and to create multiple parts that assemble together with great accuracy.
  • Evaluation - Because 3D printing gives a perfect representation of the design and its quick and low cost, you can evaluate quicker.
  • Modification - After evaluation it is quick, cheap and easy to modify designs and print off a new iteration.

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Other Benefits to DT
  • Multiple Materials - 3D printing isn't just limited to one particular material or technology, there are a range available, each with its own unique properties to take advantage of in the design process.
  • 3D Scanning - With 3D printing you can scan in objects and these can be modified in CAD.
  • Learning - Using 3D printing can help aid collaboration, project management, commercial thinking, spacial awareness and creativity.
Teaching Resource

3D printers are not just limited to their use in design and tech. A 3D printer is a great learning resource which can work well combined with a range of other topics such as:

  • Robotics
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Programming
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Biology
Raising Your Profile

3D printing really is going to play a big part in the future, and it is innovating at a tremendous pace. Because of this it improves the reputation of any teacher, department or school that embraces it. It attracts pupils and parents to schools and it can generate publicity via journalism, social media and word of mouth.

Our Customers

Here are some companies that have chosen to use Additive-X as their trusted supplier for additive manufacturing technology,