Open Source 3D Printing
In the 21st century classroom, 3D printing provides a medium for students to generate tangible models and prototypes for designs. 3D printing increases accessibility of abstract content transformed into concrete representations based on concepts such as complex mathematical equations or geological forms. A 3D printer may prove costly for schools; however, RepRap, short for replicating rapid prototyper, can be built at low-cost as it allows the user to construct the printer with 3D printed parts. Open source 3D printers have the potential to kickstart a shift in hands-on, tech-based education, significantly lowering production costs while making learning more accessible for the modern student.