continuously. They’re also
designed for multiple users—
NVBots recommends one for
every 50 students—which
makes them more appealing for
a school that’s catering to large
3D printing innovation
Perhaps one of the most
innovative aspects of the
printer, and the one that makes
it a valuable tool for educators,
is the cloud-based component.
Because the aim is to make
the printers a useful option for
teachers, the company offers
up 3D printer-based curriculum
and lesson plans so it can be integrated a classroom’s day-to-day. The curriculum isn’t
entirely being created by the NVBot teams, but rather by the teachers who have
figured out what works and what doesn’t.
Basically, the team is working to create a group of Master teachers, who are
established experts in a particular field, and who will take a look at any curriculum
submitted by other teachers. If that’s approved, the plans will be sent to the
marketplace and be accessible to anyone with a printer.
While the NVBots team may have a great way to integrate the printer in to a
particular subject—Perez says he’s okay with physics or chemistry but he’s “not
your guy” for biology—a teacher might have a creative way to use the printer for a
completely different purpose.
For example, Perez didn’t think there was any way to use the printer for math
lessons, but one teacher proved him wrong. The teacher went over the concept of
volume with the class. The students were then told to come up with the dimensions
for a box to hold a certain volume of water. Then the teacher used those dimensions
to physically print the box and actually fill it with water.
“The teacher turned volume and design thinking into an experiment and math
concept,” says Perez.
The next phase is to increase the number of schools that are leasing the product and
build up the Masters network. In the future, Perez is also hoping that the marketplace
evolves into something that will allow one to share ideas that might change the world.
“My hope is that
this is a way for people
around the world to
share practices so
schools in developing
companies have access
and vice versa,” says
Perez. “There’s so
much we can learn
from each other but
there’s no means to
communicate that.” ECN
NVBots estimates their user base to be in the mid-500s.