Overcoming the Log-Jam - 3D Printing Hub in the Classroom

School Problems

We have worked with schools for many years now, and understand the constraints on budget and time that they face....If only there were a 3D Printing Hub specifically for schools which was secure, reliable, specifically for schools and could save the school money.

We recommend all schools (from KS2 education) invest in at least one 3D Printer so that students all have the opportunity to understand the Additive Manufacturing Process. Sadly it is a fact that sometimes investment in the several machines required in order to output for all students within a timescale is just not possible.

it is important that we give all students the opportunity to become Industry 4.0 ready.

3D Printing

It is true that sometimes because of budgetary restriction, lack of investment in a 3D Printer, or enough 3D Printers to cope with the output demands in curriculum, once adopted, 3D printing everything required for students can cause an issue.

This can lead to log-jam in output when students need to 3D print their designs for curriculum.

In our experience schools who are keen to expose their students to the 4th Industrial Revolution and STEM subjects will fall in to one of three categories:

  1. Schools who invested in 3D Printing very early: Purchased a large 3D printer which is expensive to run
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    and now use it infrequently if at all. There are some schools made do with DIY 3D printers which break down and are difficult to use, for both teachers and students alike, defeating the object.

  2. Schools who invested in just one 3D Printer, but maximise its use in Design and Technology and other curriculum areas. One 3D printer between many students leads to Log-Jams.
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    These schools find that it is difficult or impossible to output all student designs on one 3D Printing device in time for assessment or examinations.

  3. School which have other budgetary priorities at present and have not
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    yet invested in a 3D Printer for school. Schools we have spoken to are often facing very tough decisions about resources, and we try to help any way possible.

Addressing the Issues

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We at Shropshire 3D Print have tried to overcome all of these difficulties previously:

Offering multiple 3D printer solutions and MakerBot Starter Labs or just upgrade of existing 3D printers to take advantage of the improvements in:

  • cost of acquisition - the latest 3D Printers being more affordable and easier to use
  • cost of ownership - the latest MakerBot 3D Printers even minimise filament use with features like Minfill™
  • Usage - offering a myriad of ideas and resources to help teachers incorporate 3D Printing into lessons - including full lesson plans

We offer the latest design of 3D Printers like MakerBot, the encompassing ecosystem around these 3D Printers with free resources for Design and 3D Printing for use in the Classroom to enable greater use within the whole-school environment.

By keeping in touch with both clients and potential customers we encourage schools to invest in more 3D Printers, overcoming cost issues with great value and support, and also offering Operating Lease, enabling schools to acquire more 3D Printers or their first with no capital outlay.

We also give schools the opportunity to overcome capital issues with Operating Lease which is the only form of lease a state school can enter into. It protects the school from the risk of ownership, whilst allowing the flexibility of continued use or upgrade. For other schools like Independents we also offer Finance Lease.

Finally we offer 3D Printing Day Workshops for schools; including STEM days, exhibitions and demonstrations



Going one Stage Further - The Final Frontier - 3D Printing Hub

We at Shropshire 3D Print  have launched a unique and secure 3D Printing Hub facility in the UK for those schools who face these difficulties and who are genuine in their desire to overcome them - its called Freelabster Campus

Open Freelabste Campus AccountThe engineers and designers of the future are now able to change their mindset as to the limits in design brought about by traditional manufacturing methods and freeing their new ideas with 3D Printing.

Many industries and current vocations like Architects; Surgeons, Dentists, Civil Engineers, Automotive Engineers and Designers; Aerospace engineers; Space Exploration; Archaeologists all currently utilise 3D printing or as it is also known Additive Manufacture or Rapid Prototyping.

Even though 3D Printing has been around for decades, the scope of its adoption and use is unknown to many educators

So, even though your school might have an old and expensive to use 3D printing device; even though your school might have just one or two 3D Printers to serve the entire school; even though your school may not yet have invested... we at Shropshire 3D Print can help.

3D Printing Hub- HOW does it work?

FreeLabster Campus 

3D Printing Hub

Working in partnership with FreeLabster 3D Printing Hub, we have the ability to give your school access to a fleet of 3D printers. After all, 3D Printers should be in the Internet of things, and location of the device should not preclude its use from distant designers.

Once registered, your school will have an extensive use of 3D Printers on the 3D Printing Hub perhaps without having purchased a 3D Printer yet. Its an excellent way to start learning as a school the value of 3D printing.

Teachers will have access to a help-desk on the 3D Printing Hub for queries, and will be given feedback on viability of CAD designed models for 3D Printing output, helping with the learning process.

Due to the sheer size of the network of 3D printers at our disposal on the 3D Printing Hub, your school will be given the power to output every students project, without the constraints of ownership or having only one or even no device.

Educators will have the ability to interact with experts on the 3D Printing Hub and obtain feedback for students on problematic CAD files from 3D Printing experts, which will help pupils on their learning curve.

So how does a school get to start?.... 3D Printing Hub

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Simply subscribe - there is a registration fee of £70.00, which includes £40 credit against first 3D Prints.

Educators can charge the account with any amount to allocate against future prints, and top-up at any time

Each Teacher will be given their own account, and each class can then design their objects in the knowledge that they will get to see the fruits of their labour.

The responsible adult can send student files through our secure platform for 3D Printing, and our experts will be in constant dialogue. As indicated, if a file is simply not 3D Printable (meshed for instance), our 3D printing gurus will give advice and feedback, as it is a learning experience.

All 3D Prints when complete will be delivered directly to your school.

Turnaround time will be fed back when uploading files, but this tends to be 4 days maximum, and of course depends on the size of the file.

The school account will not be debited until we know you have both received the work and that you are 100% satisfied.

We are looking forward to getting to know your school more...


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