3D printing is no longer the future or limited to commercial applications. The costs have come down to the consumer and classroom level making it the now and the here.
Having 3D Printing as part of an elementary and middle school STEM program gives students important skills in an expanding technology. 3D Printing transcends the digital to the tangible.
So significant is this technology, that it was mentioned during the recent State of the Union Address.
Students can create an object on an iPad or computer and send the file wirelessly to the 3D Printer. As part of the MakerBot package, a 3D Scanner can be used to scan and replicate an existing object.