3D printers and 3D design software can be powerful tools that allow students to develop and test designs for all kinds of objects from toys to car parts. Selecting and purchasing a 3D printer for your classroom can be a daunting task. Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager offer some good advice about 3D printers in their book Invent to Learn. For a more exhaustive look at 3D printers on the market, take a look at the 2016 3D Printer Guide from 3D Hubs.
The 2016 3D Printer Guide from 3D Hubs is divided into five sections; Enthusiast, Plug N’ Play, Budget, Kit/ DIY, and Resin. Each section offers reviews of a handful of printers. The reviews include a pro/con list for the printer, the price, reliability, software needed, and an option to get a sample print.
Applications for Education
If you have been considering purchasing a 3D printer for your school, the 2016 3D Printer Guide from 3D Hubs could be a helpful resource to consult.
To learn more about using 3D printers in school, take a look at this post written by Terri Eichholz.
H/T to Lifehacker for the 3D Hubs guide.