May 11, 2016 | By Tess

Many 3D printing companies have recognized the importance of introducing students to additive manufacturing technologies at a young age, as the technology, which itself could be the future of manufacturing, is an engaging and fun way of promoting STEM education to youngsters. Wisconsin based tool and 3D printer manufacturer Dremel has been at the fore of this STEM promotion through its development of a series of kid-friendly products. In February, for instance, Dremel introduced its innovative Dremel Dreams program, geared towards integrating 3D printing technologies into classrooms through a series of educational modules, and in March it unveiled the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 3D printer, the second generation of its classroom friendly 3D printer.

Now, in an effort to further integrate 3D printing technologies into the classroom for children, the manufacturing company has released its newest product, the Dremel 3D mobile app. The app, which is compatible with the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40, was designed to help expand access to 3D printing for students by giving them a user-friendly and mobile platform for 3D modeling and printing.

The Dremel 3D app, which is available for free on both iOS and Android devices, essentially provides constant remote access to its corresponding Dremel Idea Builder 3D40. Through it, students and teachers can easily access a digital library of 3D models ready to print, as well as monitor printing queues and printing statuses. Additionally, the app allows users to select Dremel’s own 3D model gallery, which the app can then optimize for printing using cloud processing servers. The app was also designed to give alerts and updates on prints that may be in progress to ensure an optimal printing process.

George Velez, the manager of Dremel 3D Education says of the app, “By adding a new level of connectivity for students and makers, this first-of-its-kind app broadens the horizons of 3D printing in the classroom. We want educators and students to have multiple access points to 3D printing as classroom technology continues to evolve.”

The 3D printing app is the latest addition to the Dremel Dreams 3D printing ecosystem, which has as its aim the seamless integration of 3D printing technologies into the classroom. As mentioned, this includes not only a kid friendly printer, but also easy-to-follow lesson plans, and straightforward models.

In addition to the release of the Dremel 3D app, the company will also be launching an ambassador program to “further connect educators, students and makers to 3D printing technology in classrooms”. The program will launch later this month, will give selected ambassadors a free Dremel Idea Builder as well as 10 spools of free filament for their school.



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