The PrintLab platform is a ‘toolkit’ for educators. This online ‘toolkit’ allows educators to pick and choose from 45+ resources to build a pathway for students – saving time and alleviating the stress of creating lesson plans. Each project is equipped with downloadable teaching materials such as presentations, workbooks, and rubrics, as well as explainer videos and 3D design tutorials hosted on a student portal for a blended learning experience. Ideal for ages 8-16, content ranges from individual skill-building lessons to full design-thinking units that span over multiple sessions.
Students will learn Technical Skills, Human-Centered Design, how to solve Global Problems and will engage with STEM subjects.
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PrintLab Key Features
Over 45 online projects, and growing! Curriculum is aligned to a range of standards across a variety of subject areas.
Use any desktop FFF 3D Printers! PrintLab curriculum and lesson plans do not require any particular 3D printer brand.
Teacher Portal: PrintLab’s growing library of lesson plans. Each lesson consists of step-by-step instructions, together with a range of downloadable and editable teaching resources such as presentations, worksheets, and assessment rubrics. For each lesson on the teacher portal, there’s a matching resource on the student portal. Lesson plans instruct on how and when to direct students to these resources during a project.
Student Portal: Online learning resources required for each of PrintLab’s lesson plans (CAD tutorial videos, explainer videos, etc). The student portal is accessed via a code and allows resources to be viewed on devices anywhere and anytime – making it the perfect solution for blended, flipped, and distance learning.
Includes PrintLab Teacher Certification! The PrintLab Certification Course offers teachers professional development training using PrintLab. Course completion will empower teachers to become proficient and confident in teaching 3D printing curriculum while ensuring they have the necessary 3D design and 3D printing skills. The 5-hour self-paced online course covers everything from the 3D printing industry and process through to CAD techniques and design thinking. At the end of the course are 3 assessments and once passed, teachers will become PrintLab Certified Educators!
Affordable price at only $299 for a 1-Year Teacher License including Teacher Certification, or $999 for a 1-Year Classroom Site License with 10 seats to the PrintLab Teacher Certification Course!
Includes Teacher Certification!
Both the 1-Year Teacher License and Classroom Site Licenses include the PrintLab Teacher Certification Course!
Lesson Plan Themes
PrintLab Classroom is an online platform of 3D Printing Lesson Plans for Educators. The curriculum challenges students to design assistive technology, reusable packaging prototypes, hands-free virus solutions, and so much more!
- 3D Printing Basics
- Circular Economy
- STEM and Cross-Curricular
- Teacher Training and Certification
PrintLab Classroom 1 Year Teacher License, Includes PrintLab Teacher Certification – only $299!
For individual teachers, home-schooling and parents. Upon purchasing this product, you will be sent a PDF document with teacher/student portal login details and instructions.
- 1 x teacher portal account (45+ fully-resourced lesson plans with new content each month)
- 1 x seat to The PrintLab Certification Course for teachers (5-hour online course)
- 30 x student portal users (access code is provided that allows 30 users to use PrintLab’s student portal at the same time. The student portal hosts explainer videos, CAD tutorials etc required for the lesson plans)
PrintLab Classroom 1 Year Site License, Includes PrintLab Teacher Certification – only $999!
For schools, libraries and makerspaces. Upon purchasing this product, you will be sent a PDF document with teacher/student portal login details and instructions.
- 10 x teacher portal accounts (45+ fully-resourced lesson plans with new content each month)
- 10 x seats to The PrintLab Certification Course for teachers (5-hour online course)
- 200 x student portal users (access code is provided that allows 200 users to use PrintLab’s student portal at the same time. The student portal hosts explainer videos, CAD tutorials, etc. required for the lesson plans)
What age group is PrintLab for?
The majority of our students are of ages 8-16 and our lessons provide information on how you can adapt the materials to suit segments within that range (e.g. 8-11, 12-16). Our content is also suitable for older age groups and adult learners getting started with 3D printing.
What subject areas is PrintLab suitable for?
Many of users teach STEM or Design & Technology but we have lessons available for history, geography, and more. We have seen great success with our site license users, where STEM teachers provide support and guidance for teachers in other subjects.
Do I need to have any prior knowledge?
No prior knowledge of 3D design or 3D printing is required as our certification course takes you through a comprehensive training journey. Each lesson also acts as a professional development resource to broaden your knowledge on 3D printing applications.
What happens when I purchase from a reseller?
If you purchase from a reseller, you will receive a PDF document that provides you with all your access details. This includes information and instructions on accessing both the teacher portal and the student portal.
What happens at the end of the 1 year period?
You’ll still have an online account on PrintLab Classroom but you will no longer be able to access the lessons. A notification email will be sent to you by either PrintLab or your reseller to check if you would like to renew your access.
Can I share my teacher portal login?
Unfortunately not. Please refrain from sharing login details with others. Each teacher/instructor should have their own separate account with PrintLab Classroom.
Can I use the student portal with different classes?
Yes. The student portal access code allows 30 or 200 (depending on your license type) students on the platform at the same time. If you’re on our teacher license, you just need to plan who uses the student portal at any given time.
Can I increase the number of student portal users?
You can upgrade from a teacher license to a site license at any time. In the unlikely event that you’re on a site license and require more than 200 simultaneous users, we can work out a bespoke upgrade. In both cases, just get in touch via email.
What software is required?
PrintLab curriculum uses design tutorials in Tinkercad (browser-based) or Fusion 360 software. Both options are completely free for educators and have tools for classroom management. Tinkercad is generally where students start before progressing into Fusion 360.
What if my school/organisation blocks the videos on the student portal?
Please send PrintLab an email at email@example.com and we will provide you with an alternative method of viewing our video content.
Does the PrintLab platform capture student data?
No student data is captured. Our student portal is accessed via a code provided to you and they are not required to enter their name, email address etc.