With Formlabs You Can Put Powerful, High Resolution, Professional 3D Printing In Your School’s Maker Space Without Breaking The Bank.
Schools across the globe are deploying 3D printers in maker spaces, art rooms, creative classes, science labs and tech shops at rapid speed. There are companies popping up all over the place, offering 3D printers extremely cheap. When these 3D printers make it into the classroom or the school’s maker space, it isn’t too long before the heads jam up or it stops communicating with the computer. Naturally this causes immense frustration for students and teachers, who may decide to abandon 3D printing all together.
When an elementary, middle or high school decides to deploy 3D printers in their classrooms and maker spaces they have to make sure they have a solid, professional, high resolution 3D printer.
Teachers and students want the best possible output from the 3D printing experience. They need 3D printers that can print objects relatively quickly. Teachers don’t need to spend their time fixing filament jams.
The 3D printing experience can be amazing for students. There are just so many things that students and schools can use 3D printers for.
- art projects
- science projects
- scale modeling
- automotive parts for shop class
- robotics parts
- simple machines
- entrepreneurship class
The possibilities with a 3D printer are endless. Formlabs, is one of the most respected companies in the 3D printing space, next to Makerbot, which is often credited for kicking off the consumer 3D printing industry. The company’s Form 2 is a high resolution, professional desktop printer. In fact it’s the most advanced desktop 3D printer ever created. It’s trusted by some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world, including; Duke, Harvard, Boston University and Oxford.
The technical advantages of the Form 2 in the K-12 space are abundant. For starters, the Form 2 uses a laser cut resin system instead of a filament system, so you guessed it, there are no “heads” for filament to get stuck in.
The heart of the Form 2 is it’s optical engine, a high powered laser guided by custom galvanometers. It creates each layer of the project with exceptional detail. Next the Form 2’s responsive heating system warms the resin to a consistent temperature creating a reliable print process producing beautiful parts, quickly. It also features a 40% larger build volume than the previous model. The Form 2’s build volume is the largest in it’s class of desktop 3D printers.
Form 2 also features a smart resin system that automatically refills the tank when levels are low. This means teachers and students won’t need to interrupt their 3D printing for materials.
With Form 2, students can send designs to the printer wirelessly. There’s also a memory for frequently printed projects. This makes it ideal for students working on big projects that require multiple parts.
One of the best advantages to the Form 2 in the K-12 classroom is that the objects printed actually come out looking like the objects on students’ computer screens. With many filament based printers, and some of the cheaper 3D printers, students are left wondering what exactly they just printed.
With Formlabs for Education schools get the best high resolution 3D printer available along with lesson plans and ideas developed by other educators. Formlabs also has educational support plans that include technical support and supply replenishment.
Watch Form 2 in action at FETC 2018 in Orlando Florida, January 23-26th in booth #118. You can visit Formlabs online at formlabs.com.