MakerBot Education

Looking for ways to integrate 3D printing into your curriculum? From starter projects to professional development, explore these MakerBot resources to make 3D printing more accessible for you and your students.

3D Printers conquer the field of education and research

Whether blades for experimental wind turbines, feet for innovative rescue robots or medical 3D models of wrists : 3D printing has conquered research. More and more users rely on the reliable, fast and cost-effective MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. They work with a technology called Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM ). Models are built in layer by layer out of melted  filament.

MakerBot in the Classroom


This introductory handbook is full of ideas, activities, projects and other tools to incorporate 3D design and printing into your lesson plans.

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Desktop 3D Printers support students in rapid prototyping

At universities 3D printing is for example used in rapid prototyping. Students at the chair of wind energy at the university of Stuttgart printed rotor blades, hub and nacelle of an experimental blast turbine with a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer and tested the components in the wind tunnel. The conclusion of the students and professors: 3D printing is a reliable and cost effective method for student projects focussing on research and development.

3D Printing inspired students to start their own business

More and more teachers integrate 3D printing technology into their curriculum and prepare pupils and students optimally for a future in science, engineering and design. One example is the Schiller Grammar School in Augsburg-Lechhausen. A team of students have established their own company and printed among other things custom keychains and desk shelves with a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer. These models are sold to guests at school events and companies in the area.

Surgeons plan patient-friendly operations with 3D models

At the University Hospital Basel (Switzerland) surgeons print anatomical models such as wrists or skulls with MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. They help them to plan complex surgeries better.  The surgeons benefit from the fast workflow the MakerBot solution allows for. From the data collection - for example based on CT scans - to the finished 3D model it often takes only a few hours. At the same time the doctors use the 3D models in medical research. With the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers they obtain a real added value.

MakerBot supports teachers in integrating 3D printing into the curriculum

MakerBot believes that 3D printers and 3D scanners are excellent tools to develop skills in science, engineering and design already at school. Janning Meinert for example, is a young student who developed a rescue robot while baseplates and feet were printed with a MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer. With this project, he took part at the largest European youth research competition "Jugend forscht". For teachers who also want to integrate the technology into their curriculum, MakerBot offers a comprehensive textbook: "MakerBot in the Classroom - an introduction to 3D printing and design"

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