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How 3D Printers Empower the Next Generation with Focused Learning

What does the future look like to you?

However you imagine our future, it begins right now, and we all are playing a part in making it.

To quote Doctor Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), “the future is what we make of it, so make it a good one. It’s the only one we’ve got.”

The idea of a utopian civilization is not so hard to imagine. With technologies advancing at an exponential rate, we have the ability to make living easier than ever before.

The truth of the matter is IF we hope to ensure a society without so many worries, we first need to listen to the wisdom of Bob Marley:

“Don’t worry…about a thing, because every little thing…gonna be alright”

…and then we can turn to the biggest factor in building a utopian society. A civil society is an educated society, and focusing on education is vital. It ensures that we continue to advocate for the advancement of technology.

A society like the Federation from the Star Trek universe is not a bad goal to strive toward. A community like the one in this sci-fi universe can exist due to a device. This device can create anything an individual could want…and it’s called a replicator.

In our world, we call it a 3D printer. In the future, perhaps we will be able to manipulate light into matter, as they do in the future that Gene Roddenberry predicted.

Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) is currently the most popular method of 3D printing. However, this technology is advancing at remarkable speeds. We may be using light-matter within our lifetime.

3D printing is becoming ingrained in businesses, schools, and in our social culture in general. The sustainability of this technology is actively making our lives more eco-friendly as well. It’s changing the way we live and more importantly how we educate.

Why is 3D Printing Important?

With traditional manufacturing methods, bringing a new idea to life can take days even weeks. However, with 3D printing these ideas can oftentimes be realized within a matter of hours utilizing a wide variety of materials such as:

  • PLA

  • ABS

  • Polycarbonate

  • Nylons


  • Ultem 1010/9085

  • TPU

And guess what? …many 3D printers are even manipulating living cells for organ and limb replication.

The more people who learn to use this technology, the faster it will become actual science. Science available to everyone.

Dephiant3D’s goal is to market an affordable, high-end commercial-grade 3D printer by the end of 2022 to broaden accessibility of this technology. By having an open source design and no assembly required, this FFF style of 3D printer is intuitive, easy to operate and comes with all the bells and whistles already installed.

This technology is becoming a staple in every home, business, school, and hospital.

Industries already implementing 3D printing for their employees and students have a giant advantage.

They’ve been granted a permit to use their minds in creative ways that go beyond the average person.

A permit that allows someone to take an idea that may have never been realized — from needing third-party resources, to having your cat watch you do it at light speed. Now, this idea is free to become a reality in a matter of hours, all from this technology called 3D printing.

3D printing is the first step in the replicating technology we see in Star Trek. While science-fiction can’t predict future technologies, it does inspire them. Looking deeper into these incredible ideas inspires us to expand on them and turn them into reality.

For example, smartphones are a direct inspiration from the sci-fi universe. In the universe of Star Trek, a smartphone was once called a “communicator,” and now we have this technology in the hands of the majority of the world population.

Remember watching the original Star Trek television show as a kid? Fast forward to now, and look at how far we’ve come!

How 3D Printing Became Reality

A man named Charles Hull envisioned the concept for the first 3D printer in 1983. It wasn’t until 1986 he patented what he called stereolithography, which is using UV lights to harden thin coats of deposited material together. Now the vice president and co-founder of 3D systems is the godfather of 3D printing. (1)

Since then, the industry has grown exponentially because we are now in a period of realization. The realization that this technology is one of the greatest assets for humanity. Your everyday life as a person, medical practitioner, and even astronaut is made easier with 3D printing.

3D Printing and Its Advantages for Education in Schools

Our youth and their education is the most important factor for our future. It’s not only important for our advancement on this earth but also to infinity and beyond!

3D printers are now in schools, libraries and universities worldwide. Student education through the use of 3D printing will keep a young mind engaged at a high level, retaining more knowledge at all times.

In order for students to better retain information, all learning styles must be considered. There are four teaching and learning styles that dictate how humans learn: (2)

  • Visual

  • Tactile

  • Auditory

  • Kinesthetic

When we incorporate all four learning styles, we give every learner an opportunity to continue to absorb information to the best of their ability.

Each student has their own unique learning style, and we must utilize all four methods of learning to keep all students engaged and on the same page. It’s a vital key that has been missing from a lot of education curricula.

Having hands-on experience using 3D printed objects will also enhance children’s engagement. They’ll be more interested in exploring their world because they will be involved in a way we weren’t privileged to do in decades past.

You can’t help but have fun seeing creations come to life before your eyes. Getting that hands-on experience from education engages a mind in ways that they wouldn’t have otherwise. It will affect every subject in the curriculum:

  • Mathematics

  • History

  • Biology

  • Aerodynamics

  • Mechanics

  • Architecture

  • Astronomy

This isn’t an exhaustive list — in reality, there isn’t an industry not optimized by the expansion in 3D printing technology.

Exciting News!

In 2021, the 3D printer industry soared high at a 13.83 billion dollar market size and is expected to grow at a 20.8% (CAGR) Compound Annual Growth Rate between 2022-2030.(3) This universal growth in the commercial 3D printer comes from an assortment of professional industries, making increasingly successful advancements in their fields due to this amazing technology. The foundations of this growth begin in education.

To follow close on the heels of this growth, Dephiant3D is planning to launch its D350 Fused Filament Fabrication platform by the end of 2022.

The D350 printer bridges the gap between high-end FFF machines and the plug-and-play technologies you’re used to. No more continuous adjustments and constant troubleshooting.

It is a pre-leveled, turn-key commercial 3D printer. The D350 prints the highest quality parts straight out of the box, giving access to this incredible technology to everyone.

With accessibility expanding, it will allow for a host of new users and applications to be utilized, especially in education in schools and teaching hospitals.

We all know that education is the seed from which all fields grow. It ensures a generation of knowledge, creativity, and new ideas that will create unity for us all.

Dephiant3D is striving to build a future society, not so different from the utopian way of life in some science fiction you may know — to live long and prosper.

Watch the growth, watch us make history, and track the future.

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