Teaching 3D Printing in 3 easy steps

3D Printing in the classroom

3D Printing is now a very hot topic, but how do you go about bringing it into the curriculum, making it interesting, engaging your students  and finishing it all within the confines of an hour long lesson.

This is where we can step in and help.

The 3 things you'll need to teach 3D Printing in your school

1) You need a CAD system for all the students to work on that's easy to both deploy and administer and that can be used on any computer - ideally at zero cost!

2) A 3D Printer that is user friendly, non toxic, reliable and fits within your budget.

3) You need a lesson plan - one that's both interesting and works within the time frame available and a tried and tested 3D Model that is going to print reliably  

1) The CAD Software

There are a huge variety of CAD products available - how do you choose?  

Simple - you pick the market leaders with the best, easiest to us and easiest to deploy products.  

Both SOLIDWORKS and Autodesk are market leaders within the World of CAD design and, combined, have over 20 million Engineers and Designers Worldwide using their software to design anything from an iPhone to an Airbus Aircraft.  

Both have created products to inspire the engineers and designers of the future and these are the FREE to use CAD tools we recommend to any teacher within the STEM field.



2) 3D Printers designed for use in Schools

We provide the MakerBot range of 3D Printers.  MakerBots are very easy to use, use non toxic PLA material and are backed up with a wealth of resources designed to help you get the best out of both your time and your students. 

MakerBot in the Classroom is a book filled with lesson plans and ideas for projects that can be completed encompassing many topics and concepts. 

MakerBot Thingverse is an online resource that also contains a huge amount of content and lesson plans that are added to on a daily basis.

MyMakerbot software allows for prints to be set up and sent from the internet


Empowering Today’s Students to Become the Innovators of Tomorrow


MakerBot offers a full set of solutions and services that enable students to tackle real-world problems — at any grade level.


Real-World Applications


MakerBot offers a full set of solutions and services that enable students to tackle real-world problems — at any grade level.



With MakerBot, educators can connect to Thingiverse Education, a community rich in content and access to tools that are easy to deploy.

 Immersive Learning


By choosing to 3D print with MakerBot, educators can make learning immersive through sight and touch, transforming the students of today into the innovators of tomorrow.