Getting Started: our ‘Beginner’s Guide to 3D Printing’ playlist on YouTube

Posted by Becky at June 15, 2015, 3:53 p.m.

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We’ve now posted the first I Can Make video playlist: a beginner’s guide to 3D printing for teachers, parents, children – anyone who wants to know more about the basics of 3D printing. This series of 11 short videos provides a gentle introduction to what 3D printing is, how it works, and what you need to get started. Films include What is 3D Printing? What can I make with a 3D printer? and How long does 3D printing take?


We got the idea at the BETT education show in London earlier this year. We spoke to literally hundreds of teachers at the I Can Make stand over the show’s three days - it was brilliant to see everybody’s responses to what we and other partners in 3D are doing. But it was clear to us that many teachers are still confused and a bit intimidated by 3D printing technology. While they could see its potential in the wider world of industry and manufacturing, the ‘missing piece’ for them was the beginning, how to get started and how to make it relevant and engaging for the children they teach in an everyday classroom setting.

Our talented team mate and Head of Content, James Richards worked on the concept, scripting and filming of these videos. James has worked with the BBC, Open University and Mozilla, and runs digital media agency Chromatrope, so he knows a thing or two about what makes for a clear, compelling video.

We’re really pleased with the results - please take a look and share with your teacher friends, or anyone curious about 3D printing. You can also point them to the Teachers’ section on our site to find out about our beta trial for schools.

We’re planning further video projects for later this year and into 2016 too, so stay tuned!

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