Hi Group 11:
I had a chance to go through your activities, and found it really interesting. In fact, while I was creating my third assignment, I found an interesting application of 3D printing in my topic. I’m not going to reveal my topic as its a surprise, but did find the use of 3D printing in creating files and components to build simple machines, and other sorts of electronics. In this application, I studied how the 3D printers printed a file with a certain pattern and this was inserted into a machine that customized it according to the owners preference. The prototype created for the little girl seemed to assist the high school students in developing a hand from actual carbonate materials, and I definitely see the 3D printing excellent in producing models that are necessary in a variety of settings. In science, technology, and engineering 3D printing will become indispensable, and extremely important for recreation and editing of models. In education, it has some value in helping students learn from a kinesthetic point of view. As student feel the object they can relate in a different way, instead of visual. I like the idea of bringing it into the classrooms, but the printers are still a little pricey. The physical sciences will benefit mostly from 3D printing, as well as technology (Drafting, Woodworking, etc), however it is difficult to warrant their use in language and humanities classes. I suppose there is always a use, but as its a new technology, its difficult to understand the uses in full detail, other than modelling and constructive purposes. The main issue that I have with it is the wastefulness of the material that is used, and how much does it cost to refill the material? Surely, the refills are not that inexpensive. I was in the Microsoft store the other day, and saw one on display that was quite expensive. In any case, I enjoyed the activities in your OER, and added my comments. I like the future of 3D printing however, and how the possibilities to print metal objects or real objects is potentially possible.