Makerspaces: If You Can Make It Here, You Can Make It Anywhere

Read more to find out how to upgrade your makerspace facilities to help STEM students learn valuable product design and engineering skills.
AUSTIN, Texas - Jan. 5, 2022 - PRLog -- As the Covid pandemic subsides (hopefully once and for all) and classrooms reopen, many teachers are engaging with their students face-to-face for the first time in over a year.

Along with the relief that comes from a return to in-person learning comes a little bit of anxiety.

How can teachers help their students catch up on the learning objectives they may have missed out on during the pandemic?

What's the best way to go about it?

With students returning to school, now it's time to upgrade your makerspace facilities to help students gain valuable STEM skills – by learning how to use 3D printers and CNC machines.

These tools encourage students to pursue their creative ideas and passions while developing important skills in product design, mathematics, engineering, material science, and software programming.

In this article, we'll take a high-level look at some of the key makerspace technologies (in 3D printing and CNC machining) that will help STEM students become prepared for future jobs in science and technology – from robotics to manufacturing and everything in-between. We'll also look at some key tips that facility planners need to know when designing a makerspace layout, including important safety and health information.


What Is Additive Manufacturing And Its Role In Industry?

When you hear someone from the manufacturing industry talk about additive manufacturing, you can think of it as an umbrella term for building objects one layer at a time – as opposed to traditional machining techniques (such as milling), which removes – or subtracts – material from a piece of metal for example.

Isn't this the same as 3D Printing you ask?

The answer is yes, generally speaking, you can use the terms interchangeably, although the technology is advancing rapidly, and in some cases, we have additive manufacturing equipment that doesn't bear much resemblance to a printer with a print head.

Terminology aside, additive manufacturing/3D printing is now widely adopted by the industry for prototyping part designs. Increasingly it's also now used for production parts as well, from engine nozzle parts made of exotic Inconel that power Elon Musk's rockets to support custom frames and brackets produced by Ford for their cars and trucks.

3D Printing Software Choices

Many students find many mathematics lessons and computer programming projects to be too theoretical, but 3D printing projects are anything but that. The end product, a printed object, is very enticing and motivating for students.


Julia Solodovnikova
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