Let’s print some atoms! Studying chemistry in faculties does not should be boring

Learn how to get children and college students taken with varied features of pure science, just like the composition of gear or the bonding of atoms of primary components? Use a enjoyable, interactive type! Identical to the Institute of Educating and Humanities on the College of Chemistry and Know-how in Prague, Czech Republic. The important thing a part of their profitable strategy lies in superior 3D prints made with Unique Prusa 3D printers.

It began with a mannequin for the Prusa Training program: A magnetic building set that includes chemical components. 3D-printed spheres of various sizes characterize totally different atoms like oxygen or hydrogen. Because of the magnets, you’ll be able to simply mix them into varied components or substances.

The development set is each easy and reasonable: the spheres are sized in reasonable proportions and the angles between them match their real-world counterparts. This takes you from a barely summary “H2O” or a easy sample drawn on a blackboard to one thing you’ll be able to contact and perceive higher! And the development set is simply restricted by the coed’s degree or by no matter their professor comes up with.

After the success of the development set, the college purchased one other 5 Unique Prusa MK3S+ and is now experimenting with what can these 3D printers can do: what could be printed, how it may be printed and the way the prints and supplies maintain up in varied circumstances, e.g., when they’re uncovered to sure chemical substances. Within the close to future, they’re planning to get an SLA 3D printer – as the subsequent logical step of their printing journey.

It’s not nearly chemistry

Though it’s a chemistry-focused college, 3D printing is utilized in a number of different areas: For instance, one of many summer time camps was centered on biology college students. To assist them perceive the subject higher, the workers printed a mannequin of a platypus cranium. That’s one thing native college students can usually see solely in a textbook or in a great museum (behind a glass). Because of 3D printing, the scholars couldn’t solely contact it and see it from all angles but in addition get a a lot better concept of the animal itself.

The mannequin of the cranium additionally triggered a pure curiosity in college students – they instantly wished to know what else could be printed and the way. Probably the most and quickest to be taught are, surprisingly, the first-level youngsters. Though they’re nonetheless studying to learn, on the similar time, they draw primary fashions in Tinkercad and print them with minimal help.

That is additionally why the Institute of Educating and Humanities is working intently with a number of excessive faculties to share the advantages and know-how of utilizing a 3D printer within the classroom. And so they’re setting an instance themselves.

3D printing has grow to be an integral part of our educating. We attempt to embody it as a lot as potential, and it goes past the scope of our college. Now we have concerned main faculty youngsters, highschool college students, and college college students alike,” says RNDr. Jan Havlík, Ph.D., assistant researcher on the College of Chemistry and Know-how.

Intelligent concepts and options

3D printing encourages exploration and discovering intelligent options or enhancements – and the varsity atmosphere is right for this. One such intelligent resolution was created by a pupil: A 3D-printed spectrometer for measuring gentle absorption. All you want is an empty tic-tac field and a smartphone with an app – with that, you’ll be able to measure water air pollution. This intelligent resolution is an affordable however legitimate substitute for some expensive {hardware} in sure conditions.

Additionally they use 3D printing straight within the labs.

Issues that was sophisticated to do, and needed to be custom-made by specialised corporations, can now be carried out on-site. We don’t should spend giant sums of cash or use sophisticated machining processes to have one thing manufactured,” says Jan Havlík and exhibits us an instance.

Our laboratory wanted a stand that would maintain 20 take a look at tubes and be submerged in an ultrasonic tub with out corroding. And so we made a easy stand from PETG filament, which is ideal for this type of utility and it’s nearly indestructible,” says Havlík.

You’ll be able to see 3D printing on all types of laboratory {hardware} – they’re printing quite a bit right here. And their alternative of Unique Prusa 3D printers was a great one.

Unique Prusa printers are very strong – I can put them in my automobile, drive midway throughout the nation and so they work completely, more often than not with none extra calibration,” says Havlík.

The way forward for 3D printing in training

Advances within the subject of 3D printing have made 3D printers a normal software in lots of areas – reminiscent of science, manufacturing, automotive, and training.

Identical to the web, 3D printing has grow to be part of our on a regular basis lives. It helps us indirectly each week and it’s such a helpful and handy expertise to have available,” says Jan Havlík.

His prediction for the way forward for 3D printing in training may be very constructive:

It’s now as much as us, lecturers, to acknowledge and absolutely grasp the potential of those machines and to include them into educating in an enticing and academic method. Our purpose is to search out progressive and pleasant methods to make use of 3D printing to its fullest potential and make our educating even higher and extra enjoyable for everybody,” Jan Havlík concludes our go to.

– Jakub Fiedler, Štěpán Feik, Jakub Kmošek


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