As usual, the inception of this post came after reading a super cool article. This article, which explains one of the many new and creative ways that 3D technology is being used to advance medical science, sparked the realization that 3D technology is EVERYWHERE! Those of you familiar with our mother ship, STEM-Works.com, will know that we categorize our content into a number of different “Super Subjects,” such as Medical Innovation, Robotics, and Crime Scene Investigation. It is not often that we find a type of technology that can apply to every single subject we have, among many others. 3D technology is one of those technologies that can be, and is being, used for almost anything these days.
3D technology is advancing the way orthopedic surgeons are approaching knee replacement surgery, providing new ways to study archeological artifacts, and allowing engineers to improve the design of structures to protect them against natural disasters. The list just goes on and on.
So what does this rising technology mean for the next generation of professionals? Opportunity, opportunity, opportunity! As Collin Kobayashi—3D Designer and Cool Jobs alum—explains, “with the progression of 3D technology, there are no limits.” With knowledge and experience with 3D design, students can translate an interest in virtually any STEM subject into a rewarding career.
So how do students get this kind of experience with 3D? Believe it or not, there are a variety of tools and software available to both students and educators free of charge. Companies like Autodesk, creators of AutoCAD and other 3D design software, provide their software to students for free. Seriously, free. These programs are also available to educators, so if you want to incorporate 3D software instruction into your classroom, you should seriously check out their education center.
But enough from us, what are your cool ideas for how 3D technology can blend with your STEM interests?