3D Printing in Higher Education
Today’s students will enter a job market that values innovative skills and technologies more than their predecessors. As these students choose academic programs to prepare them for employment after college, their access to technology is a high priority. Employers in every industry are looking for well-rounded workers who can utilize the latest technologies, while applying critical-thinking and communication skills to problem solving.
3D printing is the technology of the future, and should be offered to students in colleges and universities to enhance their education and prepare them for the working world. Presently, the challenge with 3D printing is that, in order to 3D print, you need a 3D file. Creating 3D files can be difficult and expensive, but ZVerse has the solution.
LAYR by ZVerse
LAYR by ZVerse was designed to make 3D printing easy. This cloud-based content creation platform gives you access to our 3D automation software to create the 3D files you need. LAYR even provides you with a user-friendly dashboard that allows you to keep track of your quotes and current jobs.
Subscribing to LAYR is an easy first step to bring 3D printing to your college or university. Your school doesn’t have a 3D printer? No problem. ZVerse LAYR is your full-lifecycle 3D printing solution. From file creation to production and finishing, LAYR transforms your 2D idea into a 3D reality. When your university does invest in a 3D printer, ZVerse LAYR will still be there to help create your 3D files and manage your 3D printing jobs and quotes.
Applying the Technology
Exciting and relevant technology will not only attract bright students to your school, but also talented faculty and valuable industry partners. Higher education programs are implementing LAYR technology in multiple departments of their curriculums. From engineering and architecture to biology and anthropology, departments across the board can apply 3D print technology to their studies. Below are examples of how 3D printing can be applied to various courses and departments.
Anthropology- Use digital recreation to study 3D printed fossil and bone models, as well as reproductions of cultural artifacts.
Architecture- Create scaled and accurate architectural models using student designs.
Biology- Study anatomy and physiology with 3D printed organs and bones replicated using dicom data like CT scans and MRIs.
Business- Engage students in hands-on activities for lessons marketing and product development. Create prototypes and use them in the field for marketing research and product testing.
Chemistry- Print complex models of chemical structures like proteins and viruses.
Engineering- Convert designs by engineering students into prototypes. 3D printers accelerate projects like this that would take considerable time using conventional modeling methods.
Geology- 3D print fossil replicas and topographical maps from GIS data.
Geography – Students 3D print the topography and demographics of an region.
Graphic Design – Students create prototypes of product designs from 2D graphic art.
History – Students print artifacts for closer examination.
Music- Design and print instrument aids such as mouthpieces, chin rests and hand supports. Study 3D models of sound waves.
Physics- Design and test working models of concepts like motion and forces, conservation of energy and momentum and electricity and magnetism.
Studio Art- Design and print original sculpture art, as well as stencils for painting and drawing.