Craig Stevenson

Introduction to 3D Printing

3D printing is a resource that is becoming increasingly more accessible to schools. Student ideas can be quickly realized with a basic knowledge of how to manipulate CAD software, which lends itself clearly to secondary Design and Technology curriculums. What if teachers of other subject disciplines and age groups could utilize this technology to enrich learning and improve understanding of concepts? This session will present free CAD software available to schools and demonstrations of how it and the technology can be used. Together we will explore and brainstorm ways in which units can be developed to include the technology, for various subject areas and school levels. Allowing time to experiment with the software, you will have the opportunity to design and create your ideas using CAD and 3D printing. By the end of the conference participants will be able to pickup a 3D printed object of their creation!

Expected learning outcomes

Participants will come away with their own ideas on how 3D printing, and the software available, can impact units across subject disciplines and age groups.

They will

  • Learn of free software available to schools to create 3D models
  • Experiment with the software, discuss its advantages and disadvantages
  • Brainstorm/discuss/design potential projects
  • Have work that has been designed, created over the course of the conference
Intended audience 

The session will be aimed at teachers of age groups from elementary to high school who have access to a 3D printer, or are thinking of acquiring one.

About Craig

Craig Stevenson has been a teacher of MYP and DP Design at NIST International School, Bangkok for the past two years. He has more than 10 years experience in delivering Design and Technology curriculums in a variety of schools and countries. After seeing the benefits of CAD software to the design process while studying Design and Technology at university, he has strived to encourage and provide learning opportunities for students to use it throughout his educational career.

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