There are two clear ways that 3D printing will impact education. The first way the education will be changed is that it will transfer much more from visual and auditory methods of learning into much more kinesthetic learning. College students in design/marketing classes previously only had enough time throughout the course to design a product, but now with 3D printing, the are able to design, create, market and sell their products all in the course of one semester (Lipson & Kurman, 2013). 3D printers allow students to make/design things and see the results immediately. There is no longer any wait time between design and creation. Students will be able to access tangible materials and designs as soon as they are done being created. This allows students to be able to experience their education in a hands-on way like never before. The following graphic shows so many different ways that students can use 3D printing and shows so many ways that the products of 3D printing can make learning much more interactive and hands-on.
Another way students are being impacted by 3D printing is that the impressive abilities of the printers are captivating students. Teachers across many different demographics are noticing their students being engaged by 3D printing and completely interested and absorbed by them. Bas Baeten, a Dutch teacher in the testimonial video posted by Leapfrog 3D printing, explains that this technology is the future, and because of that he thinks students should have access to it in school. He also remarks on how interested his students are, he never has to remind them to pay attention while working with the 3D printer, because they already are! Another teacher used a 3D printer to print out different kinds of cookies for a group of 2nd graders and she saw that students who were normally not interested in technology or math were very interested when the 3D printer was being used. This technology is attracting students of all ages and those who previously did not show too much interest in technology. Hopefully the use of 3D printers in schools will help encourage students to pursue technology and computer science in school so they can help absorb the abundance of technological careers that will come up in the future.