Using 3D printers creatively in KS3 and KS4 design and technology TY214

Find out how to make better use of your 3D printer in the classroom and fix those troublesome printing issues!


Are you looking for support with getting your printer up and running in the classroom? Would you like to see ideas for how 3D printing can be used in key stage 3 and GCSE?

“My confidence in using 3D printers has developed hugely and I feel that I am now armed with the necessary skills and confidence to fully integrate 3D printing in to the curriculum.”

Past participant, 2016

Develop your knowledge and awareness of hardware, software and the benefits that 3D printing can have on student outcomes. Our knowledgeable presenters will share their experiences in delivering 3D printing lessons across the key stages, with specific focus on utilising 3D printing in GCSE design and technology. Knowledge of CAD is helpful, but not necessary.

Through a mix of both hands-on workshops and presentations, we will develop knowledge of different CAD modelling techniques with specific focus on the development of 2D sketches into 3D printable models. We will also provide guidance for classroom health and safety, maintenance and achieving a high quality printed outcome.

“You have struck the right balance with this excellent course. To share the presenters experience was greatly appreciated and your other expert guests gave the course real value.”

Past participant, 2015

Laptops are provided for all participants and we will be using the latest educational version of Autodesk Inventor for the majority of the design sessions. However, if you are an experienced CAD user, you are welcome to bring your own device, with your choice of CAD software. The content will primarily focus on how filament printers are used in the classroom, although other non-filament technologies will be mentioned.

This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.


 You will be able to:

  • develop ideas for creative student projects at key stage 3 and 4
  • discover a range of software used to both design and manage 3D CAD files
  • explore the 3D file marketplace and gain ideas of where to find support both online and locally
  • understand techniques to maintain 3D printers and ensure a high quality build of product


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