Following into the footsteps of other desktop 3D printer manufacturers, Dremel has created a 3D printing ecosystem that promotes a student-driven learning environment for 3D printing. The “Dremel Dreams” program equips educators with a comprehensive toolkit for classroom support, including 3D-specific lesson plans and intuitive design software and hardware.
3D printing can therefore be integrated into the classroom with lesson plans developed by curriculum experts at Florida State University. Students and educators can explore hands-on applications of STEM in the classroom. Ten curriculum-based lesson plans and their corresponding 3D model kits are included with the Dremel 3D Idea Builder printer.
“Using the 3D-specific lesson plans when we study alternative energy gives my students the opportunity to enhance their understanding of abstract concepts,” said Susan Nichol, Project Lead the Way and technology skills teacher at Holmes Junior High School in Mt. Prospect, Ill. “The Dremel 3D Idea Builder is a plug-and-play tool for my classroom that enables students to test and explore 3D printing as independent thinkers.”
As a part of the Dremel Dreams program, Autodesk’s modeling software provides an easy-to-use platform for students to practice design and engineering skills while creating their own 3D models. The Sprout by HP 3D scanning solution is also available as an additional workstation for the Dremel 3D Idea Builder. With 3D object capture, students can grab objects, upload designs and manipulate them on-screen before bringing their object to life in the physical space.
Dremel also provides a one-on-one customer support and mentorship to assist educators along with a webinar training program.