India-based think3D is one organization that wants to make sure the spotlight shines brightly — and equally — on 3D printing and art, but also on 3D printing in the art classroom. Think3D partnered with one of the top schools in India, Oakridge International School, for a 3D Printing Art exhibit yesterday, December 17.
To focus on garnering awareness about 3D printing, think3D set up a program for the exhibit featuring student artwork that was transferred to the 3D printer — creating a collective wow from families and students in attendance — many of whom are just learning about the innovations involved with 3D printing, as well as just learning about the technology itself.
“With the advent of 3D Printing, we can now visualize your child’s imagination in a three dimensional space and durable shapes from their precious drawings,” said Prudhvi Reddy, co-founder of think3D. “In the education sector, apart from art and creativity, 3D printing can help the teachers a lot in situations where students are expected to visualize complex shapes and mechanisms.”
- Give an explanation of and insight into 3D printing technology.
- Demonstrate how the 3D printer actually works.
- Highlight the display of 3D printed artwork.
“Drawing is a form of expressing your imagination, your creativity, and the way you envision the world. It’s a completely different feeling if we can give shape to our dreams, thoughts and creativity, which these 3D printed models are able to achieve,” pointed out one of the art teachers at Oakridge.
While 3D printing is making advances in the most serious of ways, improving the quality of life for many and sometimes working as a catalyst even for saving lives, it’s easy to take for granted how seamlessly 3D printing and art go hand in hand. The media were meant to be entwined, as so many innovations spring from artistic expression and the ability to take risks thinking unconventionally.
3D printing allows artists far more latitude in the studio and in producing tangible, three dimensional designs independently, without intervention of factories or big business when it comes to taking an idea for jewelry or fashion to the marketplace.
While taking 3D printing into the classrooms is teaching the children, it’s important to remember that an enormous byproduct of that benefit is that the adults are exposed also, as well as younger and older siblings, who see something like the Oakridge art exhibit and are not only educated, but they become more curious and perhaps inspired to try their own hand at creating something with 3D design and printing.
In just one example of the many positive comments received, one enthusiastic parent stopped by for an inspired conversation regarding the combination of 3D printing and the children’s creative expressions, voicing how important it is for the children’s creative spirits to be “unleashed freely” so that they have the security and knowledge to take their expression to the next level. Both that sentiment and the innovations of 3D printing encompass what should and can become a reality for schoolchildren. Think3D has taken that on as their mission, and they are not alone, as the best and the brightest companies and organizations realize that for 3D printing to take root, it starts with kids and schools.
Think3D is a major force in India for 3D printing services featuring a news portal, online store, 3D printing services on demand, as well as opportunities for training and education within the technology.
Do you know if any of the schools in your area currently have 3D printers or are coordinating exhibits or shows featuring 3D design and 3D printing technology? Tell us about it in the think3D School 3D Printing in Art Exhibit forum over at 3DPB.com