3D printing technology, deemed as the technology of the future, is opening up new avenues of innovation and advancement in medicine and manufacturing. It will change the way we live and produce commodities such as food and other products forever – and now that 3D printing technology has become more accessible and affordable for consumers, even children can use it to explore their creativity.
Printeer, Mission Street Manufacturing’s soon-to-be-released commercial 3D printer, is designed for students who are in the K-12 educational program. With Printeer, a child’s imagination can come to life, literally.
It allows anybody to create 3D models from two-dimensional drawings that they can then input through Printeer’s custom iPad design software, which instantly renders three-dimensional printable versions of 2D drawings. Using WiFi technology, the app wirelessly sends the information to the printer, which then proceeds to form the design layer by layer.
Imagine being able to turn your doodles into actual tangible objects that you can see being made before your own eyes!
This technology creates new possibilities in classroom learning, taking it to a whole new level and encouraging children’s engagement and active participation. With this technology, who knows what the bright minds of tomorrow can come up with? Possibilities are virtually endless when you can create something out of nothing with just a press of a button.
How it works
The printer uses a 0.5 mm nozzle to print objects layer by layer using nontoxic PLA bioplastic that comes in different colors. The plastic comes in a spool form, which you can load into the printer one pound at a time. Weighing only 12 pounds, Printeer is a foot tall and is 16 in. wide and 9 in. deep. It has a see-through body, allowing children to see their creations come to life from start to finish.