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How 3D Printers Help Learners Overcome Dyslexia

It’s a common misconception that people who struggle with dyslexia also struggle with creative endeavors. Yes, many creative projects are tied to reading, writing and language skills—which dyslexics do struggle with— but not all forms of creativity stem from this particular skillset. One of the greatest forms of creativity, “making” with your hands, has evolved from traditional arts, like painting, sculpting and building, to technology-enhanced creation, like 3D printing. As more dyslexic people are taking control of their educational journey by playing up their strengths and steering away from a heavy focus on language, technological enhancements allow their creative opportunities to expand.

One in every five people suffer from dyslexia, a disability that inhibits an individual’s reading and writing skills. Many do not realize that there is no lack of creativity among people with dyslexia. Year One With a 3D Printer: 17 Tips. The 3D printing industry is expected to exceed $21 billion by 2020.

Year One With a 3D Printer: 17 Tips

Classrooms are joining in. Kelly Hines' fifth-grade classroom is redesigning a prosthetic hand. Can't buy a drone? Soon, you may be able to print one. You can print robots, math manipulatives, and even parts for a 3D printer. What will happen when we can 3D print things from door stoppers to wind turbines to (wait for it) wedding dresses? Me and Bob Marley I will admit that "Bob Marley" and I had a rocky relationship. Here's some advice learned during my first year with a 3D printer. Technical Tips 1. After an hour of frustration with the written directions, I watched a video and did it perfectly. 2. On my MakerBot, a white tube takes the filament from the spool at the back to the nozzle. 3. If you have problems, pick up the phone. 4. When loading most printers, a thread of super-hot filament drips out of the nozzle. 5. Student curiosity is normal, so meet it! 6. When I printed a cup, it felt stringy. 5th Graders Utilize 3D Printing to Create Their Own Custom Cities.

One of the most inspirational aspects of covering the 3D printing space is the fact that we constantly have the opportunity to promote the use of the technology in schools around the world.

5th Graders Utilize 3D Printing to Create Their Own Custom Cities

There is nothing more pleasing to me than reporting on a successful case study in which 3D printing proved to be of great benefit to students at various schools and other educational institutions. Without a doubt, 3D printing is a technology of the future, yet very few teachers, school administrators, or parents are pushing for the introduction of this technology into the classroom environment. There is a reason for this, and that can be summed up with one word: unfamiliarity. It won’t be until more people become aware of the benefits that 3D printing can provide that the technology will infiltrate these places of education. One school in Washington, DC has recently proved that 3D printing within the classroom environment can have many benefits to children. The World's First 3D Printing Pen.

The Prado Museum Creates the First Art Exhibition for the Visually Impaired, Using 3D Printing. Image courtesy of The Prado Are you one of the millions of sighted visitors who’ll visit a world class institution this year only to find yourself suffering from museum fatigue a couple of hours in?

The Prado Museum Creates the First Art Exhibition for the Visually Impaired, Using 3D Printing

You know, that moment when all the paintings start to look alike, still lifes, crucifixions, and teenage noblewomen swimming before your eyes? If so, may we recommend closing your eyes and limiting yourself to an in-depth study of a half dozen paintings? That’s the number of works on display in Hoy toca el Prado, Madrid’s Museo del Prado’s landmark exhibition aimed at people with visual disabilities. The Louvre, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and London’s National Gallery all have touch-friendly programming that allows blind visitors to experience sculptural works with their hands.

Certain aspects of each painting, including textures, were selected for showcasing in the 3D reproductions. Image courtesy of ABC News via The New York Times Related Content: