Each week the blogosphere appears to be buzzing about new materials, software tools and technologies for 3D printing. This information explosion can be overwhelming for businesses and educational institutions adapting to new 3D printing workflows. Employees and students need to be trained, but it can be a challenge gathering the right information as more and more hardware and software tools hit the marketplace.

To help individuals and institutions parse this growing influx of information, 3DPrintlife is staying ahead of the game as an educational resource for 3D printing tools and technologies. The Hollywood-based company founded by Joel Rush and Jeff Stevens is fostering knowledge in school systems throughout the country, with inspired ideas that can enhance learning and bring more creativity to the classroom.

Rush and Stevens believe that education is all about making connections. By using affordable 3D printers, educators can teach key concepts and reinforce established learning principles. Both Rush and Stevens believe that 3D printing engages students on a higher level by allowing for the creation of tactile objects that can augment foundational learning principles and preexisting lesson plans. Having students print geometric solids for math, or manufacture geared engines for physics, gives them first-hand experience in the 3D printing process. This, in a sense, is the shop class reborn and reintegrated throughout a range of school-taught disciplines giving students a familiarity with what will be the future of industrial technology.

Placing a 3D Printer in appropriate classes coincides with how large manufacturers and various industries are starting to foster interest in additive technologies in their establishments. For example, GE has placed desktop 3D printers throughout their organizations to expose technical and non-technical employees to the freeform design capabilities of additive manufacturing. Having 3D printers readily available to all employees can be a gateway to more advanced additive technologies while inspiring new ideas along the way.

Students who use the 3DPrintlife curriculum will already be on an innovative pathway in line with companies like GE who are firmly committed to using additive manufacturing in their future processes. Since 3D printing software workflows and techniques can be carried over from one type of printer to the next, 3DPrintlife allows students to understand the design and manufacturing principles that are being established in a range of industries such as fashion, medicine, aerospace engineering and culinary arts.

To create more awareness of 3D printing and the curriculum being established, Rush and Stevens will be holding a webinar on May 2nd. This webinar will be one in a series to be offered on a monthly basis. The series will focus on 3DPrintlife's educational philosophy and teaching methods while helping inform educators on how to incorporate 3D printing into many of the aspects of STEM and common core curriculum.