Project Funded by:  Erasmus+ programme - KA204 - Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education

Project Duration:  24 months

Start Date:  01/09/2020

End Date:  31/08/2022



30 Sep, 2020

THREE-D-Print project provides support for the educational and training challenges related to equipping the future workforce with relevant and needed skills to participate in the 3D printing revolution. The key focus is on providing an entry-level, easily accessible course that could motivate adults with fewer qualifications.

3D printing can be a tool to motivate, inspire and empower adult learners due to the DIY nature of makers and 3D printing. It allows users/learners to experience an immediate materialization of the envisioned objects, giving a concrete form to their own ideas and creativity. It enables the production of parts that can be used in different contexts from everyday life (such as a screw!) to robotics and emerging technologies. Finally, it generally stimulates innovation, experimentation and entrepreneurial skills that could support unemployed citizens as well as bring innovation within an industrial setting.

Project partners are developing a 3D Printing Toolkit, which includes 3 main aspects:

  1. INTRODUCTION TO 3D PRINTING: A guide on how to introduce 3D printing in adult education. Type of equipment required, 3D printers ‘best buys’, how to virtual 3D modelling in a PC and how to export the models to the 3D printer how to maintain the equipment, where to buy the materials, general ‘tips on tricks’, links to support groups in Europe. An online ‘Support Group for Adult Educators’ is going to be further developed to create a professional community where to contact other practitioners to support each other, share best practices, tipis, and so on.
  2. TEACHING MATERIALS FOR TRAINERS: A training programme on 3D printing for trainers, in order to provide them with the needed knowledge tools to develop a teaching programme on 3D printing in adult education.
  3. PROGRAMME ON 3D PRINTING, PEDAGOGIC GUIDE FOR TRAINERS: A teaching pack to enable adult educators to learn more about 3D printing and provide course materials for their adult students e.g. assignments, quizzes, general learning materials.

This is an important opportunity to give adult learners the expertise and competencies needed for societal development and individual development. We anticipate that over 1,000 institutions and adults will benefit from the outcomes of the project.