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Stratasys Debuts 3D Printing Modules for Middle and High Schools

Stratasys has introduced seven 3D printing education modules for middle and high schools. The company will release the modules between January 2016 and the end of the school year.

The modules range in level of difficulty from beginner through advanced and project durations range from days to weeks. Each module includes a "comprehensive plan with overall objective, project resources, design criteria and process," according to a news release from the company. Teachers can use the modules to guide students through the product development cycle, from the concept sketch to computer-aided design (CAD) to the 3D printing process.

The company is also offering a "complete designer toolkit" resources such as industry standards and best practices for 3D printing design, which teachers can use independently or as part of the Stratasys modules.

"The toolkit and modules are a guide for instructors to follow, allowing for flexibility to modify for their students, which was important in creating a successful program that will integrate with the various STEAM programs taught in the schools," said Jesse Rotenberg, North America education manager for Stratasys, in a prepared statement.

Stratasys is offering a sneak peek at one of its beginner level projects, Ear Bud Holders. The project is designed to teach students the steps in the design process, how to create concept sketches of their design idea, how to create CAD drawings and how to print a 3D model.

More information about the company's 3D printing education modules can be found on the Stratasys site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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