Why should children learn 3D printing?

Children should learn 3D printing so they can learn to think and design in 3D. 3D design and printing is being used in more and more industries all the time: architecture, medicine, and manufacturing, to name a few. Children that grow up learning to think in 3D will have a huge advantage in business over children that don’t.

Both 3D design and the actual printing itself are important to learn. Printing existing designs doesn’t improve children’s ability to think and reason about 3D objects. Designing objects without printing them doesn’t allow children to experience their designs tangibly, so they don’t get a real sense of what works and what doesn’t.

Learning through 3D printing, especially at a young age, can make it easier to understand math, especially geometry. 3D design and printing bridges the gap between visual learning (spatial reasoning) and kinesthetic learning.

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