Its 2015 and 3D printing in education is no longer a novel application or an additional course for the technically inclined. It’s rapidly grown to the point where we’re not just introducing it in educational curricula worldwide, but refining and establishing it as a mandatory learning tool for kids, college students, and even the elderly. Part of the challenge is to bring the interface for 3D printing down to a level that even those with no prior knowledge of CAD or 3D modeling can grasp the basics. This is what Makers Empire had in mind when they developed what they consider to be the world’s easiest to use 3D printing software, also available as an app for tablets. Here’s a quick look at the app:
Such learning is crucial for the kids of today because 3D design, modeling, and manufacturing will be fundamental to the industries of tomorrow. Parents in Hong Kong are probably seeing their children’s future in a brighter light now that Makers Empire has brought its 3D design and printing Learning Program to two of the city’s schools – Baptist Rainbow Primary School and Lee Kau Yan Memorial School. Leading the way in adopting the extensively tested program, these two schools will also be part of Makers Empire’s Lighthouse School Program, wherein they would receive advanced access to new app modules and teaching plan updates, while providing teaching effectiveness and learning outcomes as feedback.
Educators like Mr. Albert Wong, computer subject panel head at Lee Kau Yan Memorial School, in anticipating the benefits of such learning, said, “In the future 3D Printing will be as simple as 2D printing right now, but its effect on industry will be much greater. Through designing 3D models and printing them out, students will understand the importance of maintaining a balance between practicability and creativity. Makers Empire is a great app for students to experience 3D design and printing, and will lead to a brighter future for the students.”
To implement the app and learning programs in schools and colleges in the city, Makers Empire teamed up with DTSL, a leading 3D printing solution provider in Hong Kong, to be the exclusive distributor for its educational products. Students seem to have taken to the unique learning program like melted filament to a heated bed. Seeing the encouraging response, Lap Leung, Makers Empire co-founder and director of sales and marketing, stated, “Makers Empire is thrilled to be partnering with DTSL to supply Hong Kong schools and colleges with a world-first 3D printing software and hardware solution bundle. We are equally excited to be working with Baptist Rainbow Primary School and Lee Kau Yan Memorial School. It was fantastic to see their students embracing this new technology and coming up with original 3D designs within minutes of using the Makers Empire software.”
With a rich history of working in 3D printing education and as distributors of the learning program in China, DTSL appreciates the importance of simple and accessible tools in education. Jack Wu, Business Director at DTSL said, “DTSL has been promoting 3D printing in education sectors within the Greater China region for almost three years now. Based on our experience deploying 3D technology in more than 100 schools and universities, merely having a 3D printer is not enough to ensure educators and their students apply 3D printing technology effectively in learning and teaching. An easy to use 3D modelling app such as Makers Empire is an innovative alternative to complex 3D modelling software and its simple format will help to unleash the creativity of students. We’re glad to partner with Makers Empire to provide a bundled 3D printing solution. The feedback and outcome from education sector has been very encouraging so far and we look forward to a long, fruitful partnership.”