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20 Jun 2014

The future of 3D printing in education

London Technology Week

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Education practitioners and innovators in EdTech ca​me together last​ Monday for a one-day workshop, 'RE.WORK: The Future of Education', to discover how technology is impacting education.

The workshop was held as part of the​ first ever London Technology Week, a showcase of the capital's tech strengths taking place throughout this week. 

The workshop was an initiative by Nikita Johnson, manager of a series of internet events based on emerging technologies, future cities and pressing skills needs in the UK and in the US. The event took place at Makerversity within Somerset House.

Will Pearson, Director of Technology at Ravensbourne, was a key speaker at the event, and presented the current challenges of software and hardware in 3D printing. Will talked about Ravensbourne’s recognition of inherent limitations of the current file type for 3D printing in areas such as import and export, and geometric fidelity. This was in the context of Ravensbourne bootstrapping our own 3D silicone printer to print skin-safe garments. Will also discussed the contribution Ravensbourne has made to this network of expertise by working with working with the project leader, ex-Google engineer Leo Dearden.

Will’s presentation was followed by a discussion on the adoption of technology by teachers. ‘The positivity of the audience was particularly high due to the small nature and key decision makers in the conference’, said Will.

Will is an assessor for the Technology Strategy Board and, together with Kriss Baird as the Lead Learning Technologist, they are inviting applications now for projects that will help develop new innovative technologies for education. 

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