3D printing hints and tips for design and technology

Written by Phil Cotton @philipacotton

If you are new to 3D printing then deciding where to start with a class of pupils can be a daunting task. Here are some of the most common questions I hear:

What CAD package do you use with the pupils?How long will it be before you get to 3D print your classes designs?How will you...

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