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Monday, November 30, 2015

A Guide to Choosing a 3D Printer

3D printers and 3D design software can be powerful tools that allow students to develop and test designs for all kinds of objects from toys to car parts. Selecting and purchasing a 3D printer for your classroom can be a daunting task. Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager offer some good advice about 3D printers in their book Invent to Learn. For a more exhaustive look at 3D printers on the market, take a look at the 2016 3D Printer Guide from 3D Hubs.

The 2016 3D Printer Guide from 3D Hubs is divided into five sections; Enthusiast, Plug N' Play, Budget, Kit/ DIY, and Resin. Each section offers reviews of a handful of printers. The reviews include a pro/con list for the printer, the price, reliability, software needed, and an option to get a sample print.

Applications for Education
If you have been considering purchasing a 3D printer for your school, the 2016 3D Printer Guide from 3D Hubs could be a helpful resource to consult.

To learn more about using 3D printers in school, take a look at this post written by Terri Eichholz.

H/T to Lifehacker for the 3D Hubs guide.