This article is for Schools and STEM Education
STEM has been the focus of education development in Hong Kong and 3D Printer is one of the most important elements in it. However, with so many different products and technical jargons, it's difficult for principals and teachers to make the right choice.
Ease of use, durability and safety are the most important factors for 3D Printers used in schools. In most cases the required quality of prints won't be too important for education purpose and so FDM would be enough. Yet to fully develop the creativity of students, it'd be good to try 3D printers which can use a wider range of materials and different fabrication methods.
The products below are recommended with the above principles.
Apart from 3D printing, Zmorph Fab provides CNC and laser engraving functionality with a unique toolhead switching design. It gives students complete freedom to use different materials and fabrication methods with a safe and reliable solution.
Makerpi K5-plus 3D Printer is a very capable 3D printer with an excellent value for money. Apart from high printing quality, it provides many usability features like power outage resumption, wireless monitoring, intelligent bed levelling, etc. Moreover, it's fully enclosed print chamber provides a safe printing environment and handles ABS well. Lastly, users can add the optional laser head for laser engraving
To facilitate STEM education, many schools has setup STEM Lab for students to learn and experiment. The low-cost and small sized Monoprice MP Select Mini 3D Printer is the best option for setting up a "3D printer farm" such that students won't need to queue for printing their works
Originally designed for the catering industry, the Procusini Food Printer can actually be a powerful fabrication tools for schools! With the free Procusini Club platform, teachers and students can use different food materials to create 2D or 3D edible objects. Since food materials have different properties, students can experiment wth different settings to achieve the best outcome
While not as powerful as the Procusini Food Printer, Mycusini is a simple to use and very affordable chocolate printer. It's ideal for use in Home Economics or extra-curricular activities.
Different colours are used in educational models like chemical structures, animal organs or geographic models to represent different parts. Mosaic Palette can enable a normal single colour 3D printer to print in multiple colours, giving more flexibility to teachers and students to create such models.