3D Printed Science Projects book review

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In our opinion, this book is a must have for every teacher and provides creative ideas for an inspirational start. Instead of focusing on the technology itself, the authors describe how to teach subjects with practical 3D printed science projects. In these, the machines are only seen as experimental tools to use e.g. to test mathematical functions in the slicer or printing molecules for visualisation in chemistry.

Description

Do you remem­ber the time in school or uni­ver­si­ty when teach­ers start­ed to include com­put­ers as well as oth­er tech­nolo­gies. Either to teach you using it or as a tool for their sub­ject. For most teach­ers I had the feel­ing that they had no real idea or plan what they were teach­ing us, but want­ed to use it any­ways. This is and prob­a­bly will be the case for 3D tech­nolo­gies and espe­cial­ly 3D print­ing. Here, the book “3D Print­ed Sci­ence Pro­jects …” helps teach­ers and oth­er edu­ca­tors with prac­ti­cal exam­ples as well as descrip­tions.

Contents of the book

  1. 3D Math Func­tions
  2. Light and oth­er waves
  3. Grav­i­ty
  4. Air­foils
  5. Sim­ple machines
  6. Plants and their ecosys­tem
  7. Mol­e­cules
  8. Truss­es

At the end of the book you also find tips and tricks for print­ing and mod­el­ling objects. Feel free to con­tact us in case you have ques­tions with regards to 3D print­ers and print­ing itself.

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Criticism

The book was writ­ten for teach­ers, pro­fes­sors and edu­ca­tors in gen­er­al to sup­port them with prac­ti­cal 3D print­ed sci­ence projects. There­fore it is suit­able for the book to have a rel­a­tive­ly dif­fi­cult lan­guage as read­ing the book on its own would be way too hard for a child. Still, we believe that there are some areas in the book that can be described in sim­pler terms. Why keep the book com­plex and dry when sup­port­ing edu­ca­tors by pro­vid­ing more creative/fun descrip­tions is also pos­si­ble.

Anoth­er improv­able aspect of 3D print­ed sci­ence projects is that it main­ly focus­es on school sub­jects. There­fore, a 3d print­er is only seen as tool sup­port­ing chil­dren to com­pre­hend math or physics in a more visu­al and prac­ti­cal way. Still, a short chap­ter with regards to teach­ing chil­dren the basic prin­ci­ples of 3D print­ing could enhance the book and exe­cu­tion of sci­ence projects. Also, there is no under­ly­ing con­cept described for uni­ver­si­ties and high schools like our 5 step process. How­ev­er, descrip­tions for installing soft­ware and han­dling slicer soft­ware etc. are includ­ed.

In case you want to know more about 3D print­ing in gen­er­al and find inspi­ra­tion for teach­ing it to chil­dren, we rec­om­mend one of the 3D print­ing beginner/starter books.

Positive aspects

Although we men­tioned var­i­ous improve­ment points, the over­all book „3D print­ed sci­ence projects“ will help many teach­ers on var­i­ous lev­els. It includes great exam­ples with detailed descrip­tions for var­i­ous sub­jects in school. In addi­tion, they use a soft­ware called „Open­Scad“ for their descrip­tions which is a free open source slicer soft­ware with an exten­sive func­tion­al­i­ty. This enables edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions to save mon­ey while every stu­dent can even con­tin­ue prac­tic­ing with the soft­ware at home.

3D print­ed sci­ence projects“ includes var­i­ous exam­ples that inter­sects with tech­ni­cal sub­jects in school as math or physics. Even a chap­ter for chem­i­cal mol­e­cules is includ­ed to sup­port visu­al­is­ing the rela­tion­ship between atoms.

Summary of 3D printed science projects

The book is not for chil­dren, but for edu­ca­tors teach­ing in school or oth­er insti­tu­tions. Instead of focus­ing on the tech­nol­o­gy itself, the authors describe how to teach sub­jects with prac­ti­cal 3D print­ed sci­ence projects. In these, the machines are only seen as exper­i­men­tal tools to use e.g. to test math­e­mat­i­cal func­tions in the slicer or print­ing mol­e­cules for visu­al­i­sa­tion in chem­istry. In our opin­ion, this book is a must have for every teacher and pro­vides cre­ative ideas for an inspi­ra­tional start.

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