Victoria State spent 2.2 million for secondary purchase 3D printer  


Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has promised to spend 2.2 million yuan to buy every high school a 3D printer in the state, if his government won the November state election.

"Coalition government will fund 3D printers to 316 schools ,P-12 schools , 75 special schools and high school students across the state,up to $ 3750 to buy a single model printer and related supplies , if he can re-elected." He said this morning.

The purpose of this initiative is to "cultivate the students' creativity and science to help create the next generation of cutting-edge scientists, designers and manufacturers," Napthine said.

Government confirmed the grant is intended to cover software, materials and teacher training, as well as the device itself.

Many Victorian schools, have mastered the skill of 3D printing technology.

2013, government-funded science and technology innovation centers, Quantum Victoria, has opened a training program for teachers and students, to introduce them to the manufacture of small tools.

After 2013, the British government in the 21 schools had a small-scale test, also stressed the importance of using new technology training.

"The school reported that early work with the printer is often a trial and error process, and to limit the printing of small files, such as the three-dimensional shape. More effective use of feedback problems experimental courses." British education department.

"The project emphasized the need to do the initial training of teachers to introduce new technologies, including teaching methods, and in sufficient time to plan the most effective use of the printer's time."

The $ 3,750 cap would mean that schools need to Victoria alliance from grants and they get to find these training resources.

Victoria is the first state in Australia has raised the prospect of such a deployment, analysts say, 3D printing in education is still in its infancy.

In a report released today, analyst firm Gartner predicts, 3D printer in the global shipping number will more than double in 2015 to 217,350 units. Trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future.

It is predicted that in 2018, worldwide IT spending will reach US $ 13.4 billion (A $ 15.22 billion),.

Still, analysts and report author Peter Basiliere that the technology has not been a huge impact on education.

"Although 3D printing to motivate teachers to be creative passion, which is far more significant than the way change course," he wrote.

"While the use of minority high school classroom to promote buying, higher education institutions are most likely to invest in the short term."