3D Printing: Redesigning India's Education System

Tanuj Taneja, Entrepreneur Business Partner, 3D Boulevard 3D Boulevard empowers professionals, students and individuals everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices. It provides 3D hardware and software solutions and more.

Most people probably haven’t seen a 3D printer yet. But just like the way computers were in vogue during the 1980s, 3D printing is a novel technology that is rapidly finding its place in every industry. What was once an expensive niche technological tool that was considered part of the manufacturing sector alone is now creating new influences across many industries. Some industries that are gaining innovative momentum with 3D printing include medicine, food processing, retail, and shipping.

Be it prosthetic organs, a yummy cheeseburger, or new packaging materials,3D printing is making everything possible. However, it may be intriguing to see the degree of interest the education sector is expressing towards this technology. With many schools and institutions adding robotics and 3D printing to their curriculum, curious young minds are more than ready to explore.

Children love robots!
Introducing kids to robotics and 3D printing at an early age may be quite a challenge for K-12 instructors. However, the content and material available is so engaging that teachers are prepared to go that extra mile. Futuristic startups are coming up with new products and technologies targeted towards educators and students. The Internet is brimming with resources: robot kits like Vex Robotics, Lego Mind storms,and Sphero Balls, and advanced robotics such as NAO robot, are some examples. While teaching raw coding to young students can be too much for them to grasp, but making them play with a simple programmable robot can be fascinating. This also emphasises to them the need for and importance of precise commands. Robotics is also a relatively easier way to familiarise students with complex subjects like science, math, technology, and engineering and make them understand how these are interrelated. These courses are integrated into the school curriculum to align with the grading and assessment system of the respective boards.

Schools and educational institutions are proving to be the centre of innovation led by the infinite enthusiasm of students and the vast scope for experimentation available at this level. With the help of 3D printing, robot programming and Computer Aided Design (CAD),
students of K-12 can see their ideas take form. 3D printing can not only bring geometry and physical dimensions out of the dreary textbooks but also infuse life into them through art and creativity.

In the near future, true innovation in 3D printing is expected to arrive not only from top engineering firms but also from students who are making tremendous use of the knowledge being thrown at them

Feeding the future demand
3D printing may well be the future of technology with robots and Artificial Intelligence taking over most jobs. This indeed brings to surface the need for quality programmers and technologists. With education and 3D printing forming an active feedback loop, the technology industry is coming up with more and more products for students. This is making it easy for K-12 educators to open the subject in more engaging ways. For instance, project making has been taken to a new level with children creating and working with practical 3D experiments compared to the old-fashioned chart paper and cardboard-based models. Driven by fascination, more and more children are discovering the use of software and hardware. Educators too are harvesting students’ motivation to transform them into new age technologists, designers and scientists.

Students are working on projects that impact the society, environment, and economy positively. Projects like smart cities, strategic games, and prosthetic limbs, which may take tens of thousands of rupees to construct are now possible in a few thousands. 3D printing firms like 3D Boulevarda recreating unique courses to provide enhanced technological learning in schools and higher education institutions across India.

3D printing and robotics are relatively new to the Indian prospectus. Even as 3D printing is set to become a global phenomena, some inertia to change and adapt new things is seen in India, where conventional learning is still quite common.

However, change is imminent as the traditional system of education is slowly losing luster. It is time to kindle a burst of technology in the system, while the reluctance gradually dies down. 3D Boulevard is a leading company which is committed to create a platform that allows schools and universities to build their own 3D printing lab from a whole ecosystem of products. From 3D printers to curriculums and on site training, they provide a single point of contact for training, service and support.

3D Boulevard understands the power of these technologies and are confident that these are real world skills will help students in the long run. With Government initiatives like Atal Innovation Mission and Atal Tinkering Labs(ATL) by Niti Aayog, not only students enrolled in private and international schools but also those in government aided institutions will get all the exposure they need to new technology.

3D Boulevard helps Indian schools to promote experiential learning by providing customised learning through 3D Printing which is integrated with the School curriculum. They are using 3D Printing aka rapid prototyping and revolutionising the classrooms and it’s the best time for schools and colleges to implement it in their classrooms.

In the near future, true innovation in 3D printing is expected to arrive not only from top engineering firms but also from students who are making tremendous use of the knowledge being thrown at them. 3D printing is all set to reinvent the way kids learn design thinking and coding. Education and 3D printing together are here to change the pathway of the industry.