Students at the School of Communication, Media & IT (SCMI) at Hanze University of Applied Sciences are studying for an abstract professional field. In one of the studios, however, there is a Delta printer that prints physical objects nearly all day long. Thanks to the printer from Tractus3D, students are introduced to a different way of thinking in their degree program.
For example, two students developed different prototypes of an artificial heart for their virtual reality simulation for practicing chest compressions. The 3D printer enabled the students to develop the artificial heart themselves, without a budget. Jan Postema, teaching assistant at the school, points out how great an impact such an activity has on the development of a student: “3D printing requires a different way of thinking. Students’ problem-solving abilities are trained in-depth.”
Being able to work independently with the printer is important for students’ learning. This is possible because the Tractus3D Delta printer has a low susceptibility to interference and is easy to handle. Postema: “It’s almost always on. We actually haven't seen any down time since the printer was put into use, which is also because the Tractus3D can be very quickly switched off if anything happens.”
Although few SCMI students will have to deal with 3D printing in their professional practice, they will come to work in a world that is slowly being transformed by 3D printing. Thanks to the Tractus3D printer, the communications strategists and media makers of the future are already familiar with the world in which they will soon be working.
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