Cin-Yee Ho, Director of Sales & Marketing, Head of EdTech at XYZprinting

Having the skills required for a career can be hard when leaving school and university. Often specific skills aren’t taught in traditional education. Being able to gain skills that are applicable to a range of careers is hugely useful when exploring different avenues.

3D printing can be a great way of discovering this for a number of careers and also help develop those skills. By practicing 3D printing, students can improve range of skills that are applicable to a huge number of careers and develop passions which can stay with them throughout their lives.

Animation

Computer Aided Design (CAD) can take years to master and is widely used in the animation industry. It is also used in 3D printing to produce the printing designs. Using CAD software is a vital skill when looking at a career in animation, and 3D printing is a great way of getting children into designing as they can engage in the designing/production process from start to finish.

Used in films, video games and modelling, animation is a hugely lucrative and creative industry and contributes in excess of £1 billion to the UK economy each year according to a report from the British Film Institute (BFI). With this success and tax relief given to film and high-end TV, we have seen massive growth in the VFX industry.

Animation is an area that many children are interested and excited about. Much of the media they consume is animated and therefore inspires many to pursue it as a career path. By getting involved in 3D printing, students can begin to master the skills that will make them more employable.

Using specifically designed curricula like the XYZprinting 3D Printing Curricula can help educate young people in the basic and advanced skills used in animation and CAD design critical for animation.

Engineering and manufacturing

Engineering is a hugely competitive market with many students applying for universities, apprenticeships and graduate programmes each year. To become an engineer, it requires several skills including creativity, logical thinking and a mathematical understanding of tolerances. These are all skills that can be experienced and improved through 3D printing.

3D printing allows students that are keen on pursuing a career in engineering to experience what it is like to design and manufacture a product. Much of engineering is theoretical and therefore taught in a classroom and from textbooks.

Being able to put these learnings into practice is a great way of inspiring students, keeping them motivated and equipping them with the required skillset for the future. There are a number of different printers, such as the da Vinci Mini, which are specifically designed to help budding manufacturers and engineers begin learning about 3D printing and design.

3D printing is fast becoming a mainstream production method for many products and something that engineers and manufacturers will need to be aware of and understand in the near future. In this sector, students that know how to design and test products using CAD software are likely to be well equipped for the future.

Filmmaking

3D Printed Bear

Like animation, filmmaking shares many skills with 3D printing. Many children dream of becoming the next Steven Spielberg, but it can be difficult to gain the necessary skills to stand out from the crowd in such a competitive space.

Added to this, a lot of filming now involves special effects and CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) involved in the production process. There is also a growing genre of films produced solely through 3D printing, such as stop-motion movie ParaNorman.

 The production team working on this movie had to create a huge number of facial emotions for the same character. This meant using 3D printers to precisely create all the expressions.

3D printing is also used in the film industry to create custom-made costumes. It was used to produce Iron Man’s suit in Iron Man 2, many costumes in Black Panther and the design and creation of the Stormtrooper helmets in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

3D printing offers students the chance to be creative and experience how the modern world of filmmaking and costume design works. This will inspire students as well as giving the necessary skills to set them apart and succeed in filmmaking and costume design.

Designer/artist

Bangles

We are seeing an increase in the use of 3D printing as an artform and it has become a very popular medium for artists to use. The reason new artists are using 3D printing is one that lies at the heart of the concept of art. Art is a constantly evolving idea that often changes with new techniques and methods convey messages.

3D printing methods are inspiring the next generation of artists and it can be a great way of kicking off the creativity within a student who aspires to be an artist or designer. Being able to use CAD software and create designs easily and inexpensively whilst learning relevant skills makes it a great way to kickstart a potential career.

The range of skills that 3D printing teaches makes it a great educational tool and enables children to learn in a fun and dynamic way. Whilst learning new skills that may inspire them to consider more career paths, it also challenges them to think logically and creatively; both great skills for future job prospects in any industry.

Cin-Yee Ho, Director of Sales & Marketing, Head of EdTech at XYZprinting

You may also be interested in these articles:

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Advertisers

Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.

Podcasts

We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.

Events

FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page