Getting people to accept and use technology that is not intuitive is very challenging. Our company has been working with 3D modeling and 3D printing for almost four years now and I can say that while we love working with this technology there are challenges in getting some people to understand how it works and its overall capabilities.
Unlike working with a drill or table saw or even a small CNC type machine, 3D printers have a design that is unique to this technology. A box style device with a nozzle of some kind and materials that look like weed-whacker line somehow doesn’t conjure up a high-tech piece of equipment. Yet, these systems can print objects that cannot be made using traditional machining processes.
Kids from ages 7 and up are very familiar with computer programs that use some form of modeling tool. Mine Craft and Tinkercad are two of them. These on-line software tools allow the students to create 3 dimensional objects and then by saving the design as an .stl file they can easily create the object using a 3D printer. In many cases these students have access to 3D printers at their schools.
Adults, on the other hand, have almost no experience using these software tools unless they are working in a company that uses 3D modeling for design and fabrication. This is also true for most teachers. Unless the teacher has had some outside the school experience working with this technology they have little understanding of how it works. In essence, the majority of those individuals that are 3D printer tech savvy are children and young adults.
Getting more adults and more teachers engaged in this technology is one of our goals at LiteWorld and the best way to accomplish this is through on-hands training and education at the base level. Our experiences in working with students and young entrepreneurs over the past four years has taught us how to make the learning process in 3D modeling and 3D printing somewhat painless. Most importantly, once people get to experience making something they can hold in their hand from some simple 3D software in less than an hour, they are virtually mesmerized by the entire 3D printing experience.
LiteWorld has a number of very talented individuals with over 10 years of experience in working with 3D modeling and over 4 years of using 3D printers that are part of our “LiteWorld Training Program” offering courses for individuals from 8 years of age to 80.
For more information on our 3D world please go to our website at: www.liteworldllc.com.