Watford Grammar School for Girls got to trial 3D printing for a day, the first prize for winning a design competition held by WIRED Magazine.
The Stratasys uPrint SE 3D Printer enabled the students to experience the future of design and manufacturing, while echoing a recent UK government pledge for 3D printing to feature within the school curriculum.
The competition saw the eight winning students receive a hands-on demonstration of the capabilities of 3D printing, before each produced personalised iPhone cases.
“We are absolutely delighted to introduce 3D printing to these students, empowering them to be creative and showing them how great ideas can be made a reality,” says Andy Middleton, Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Stratasys.
“Personalisation, in particular, is something that we believe reflects the future of manufacturing. 3D printing customised phone cases is just one example of how this technology enables us to effectively produce one-off, customised products that fit the requirements of the individual.”
The 3D printing workshop at Watford Grammar follows a recent pledge from the UK Education Secretary, Michael Gove, to introduce a 3D printer in every school. According to Middleton, events like the workshop give those involved an insight into the ‘school of tomorrow’ where 3D printers will be as commonplace as inkjet variants or photocopiers, and where students will have the tools available to design and manufacture at an early age.
“Educating the next generation of designers and engineers has been a big part of our ethos here at Stratasys for many years now. We are proud to support these students and to stimulate awareness of 3D printing within STEM programmes. We believe students should be exposed to the same cutting-edge technologies they will encounter in their careers, ultimately giving them a platform to succeed,” adds Middleton.