All3DP has put together a collection of the best, from safe and reliable machines to those backed with an arsenal of supplementary classroom resources and we are pleased to announce that two of the 3D printers that Daemon3D Print offer is in the list of 14 Best 3D Printers for Schools & Education!

 

Best 3D Printer for Schools & Education

#1 - MakerBot Replicator+

 

 

All3DP has the following to say about the MakerBot Replicator+ 3D Printer:

 

“If we had to recommend one over the others, right now this very moment, then the Makerbot Replicator+ has it for one very good reason: its ecosystem.

 

The Makerbot Replicator+ itself is a competent 3D printer packing many quality of life features that make it an admirable choice for setting up in the classroom. For one, it utilizes a removable, unheated and flexible print bed, which means efficient and safe removal of finished prints.

 

Additionally the Makerbot Replicator+ benefits from Makerbot Print apps and My Makerbot browser-based integration. Through the computer-based version of MakerBot Print (which can be as simple or feature rich as you desire) piping prints to the Replicator+ via WiFi is a doddle.

 

And then there’s the app, which allows you to browse Thingiverse (the leading 3D model file repository, owned by MakerBot) and send print jobs from your smartphone via the cloud.

 

Then, for the classroom, a browser-based system in My Makerbot allows students to tap into the networked printers at their disposal from any browser. This is also directly connected to Tinkercad, meaning 3D modeling projects can be channeled to the Replicator+ entirely in-browser.

 

In all it’s an elegant system that works well.

 

But that’s not the main reason we rate the Makerbot Replicator+. Here, the printer is more a gateway to access Makerbot’s remarkably comprehensive set of resources and training schemes for educators.”

 

The Resources

All3DP has the following to say about the Resources for the MakerBot Replicator+ 3D Printer:

 

To begin with, there is the Makerbot Educators Guidebook, (a free digital download for educational professionals) which serves up a smattering of lessons — complete with step-by-step instructions and print settings — utilizing 3D printing as an educational aid. The aim is to equip educators with the knowhow to confidently use the company’s machines in the classroom.

 

Beyond this, the company also nurtures an area of Thingiverse dedicated solely to educators developing and sharing lesson plans that incorporate 3D printing. Called Thingiverse Education, it is open for contributions from and for the wider community.

 

And (oh yes there’s more), the company also invites educators themselves to collaborate with the company in developing the company’s educational initiatives via the Makerbot Educators Program. Open to educators in the US that have sucessfully published two projects on the Thingiverse Education platform and use the company’s printers (that are registered), this community is the beating heart of the MakerBot’s educational efforts.

 

And lastly, there is the Makerbot Certification Program, which validates educator’s expertise in 3D printing, giving them the confidence in teaching and constructing plans around 3D printing, all while gaining professional development credits at the same time.

 

Like we said. Comprehensive.”

 

Why is this the Best 3D Printer for School/Education?

All3DP has the following to say about the MakerBot Replicator+ 3D Printer being the best 3D printer for school/education:

 

“Simple setup, easy to use with impressive networking options, plus a staggering wealth of education resources directly from the MakerBot itself.”

 

MakerBot Replicator+ Specifications & Features

 

Technology FDM Suitability High School, College, MakerSpace, Lab/Research
Print Area (mm) 295 x 195 x 165 Additional Features Print monitoring camera, removable print bed
Materials MakerBot PLA and MakerBot Tough PLA Educational Resources MakerBot Educators Guidebook, Thingiverse Education, MakerBot Educators Program, MakerBot Certification Program
Min. Layer Height (microns) 100    
Connectivity USB, Wifi, Ethernet    
Software MakerBot Print (desktop + app), My MakerBot (in-browser)    
Heated Platform No    

 

 

One of the Best 3D Printers for Schools & Education

Leapfrog Bolt Pro

 

 

All3DP has the following to say about the Leapfrog Bolt Pro 3D Printer:


“A solid choice for the upper range of K-12, higher education and professionals, Leapfrog’s Bolt is a feature rich desktop 3D printer that outputs professional results. Packing a sturdy, fully enclosed design, the Bolt also boasts HEPA and carbon air filtration systems for removing VOCs and odors emitted from its prints.

 

It’s independent dual extrusion system gives greater flexibility with the option to create prints from multiple materials, or mirror prints to double output. A removable print bed also allows for high throughput if you have multiple beds on the go.

 

A neat feature designed to aid educators in the classroom is the addition of user profiles Classroom friendly UI that makes use of profiles (with or without admin rights), meaning educators can retain control and students can concentrate on the job at hand.

 

With Wifi connectivity, the Bolt Pro can also be accessed remotely via any web browser. On-board storage for 3D models can by synchronized with DropBox and Microsoft OneDrive, giving an additional networking tool aiding print management.”

 

The Resources

All3DP has the following to say about the Resources for the Leapfrog Bolt Pro 3D Printer:

 

“Additionally Leapfrog offers an accompanying curriculum incorporating it’s Bolt Pro 3D printer, including lesson plans, projects and testing materials for primary education and high schools, covering the basics through to professional applications of 3D printing.”

 

Why is This One of the Best 3D Printers for Schools/Education?

All3DP has the following to say about why the Leapfrog Bolt Pro 3D Printer is one of the best 3D printers for schools/education:

 

“Custom user profiles stands out to us as indicative of a machine designed for the shared environment of the classroom. Offering such control for educators, alongside such top-line features as independent dual extrusion and a HEPA air filter make the Bolt Pro solid choice for the school workshop or lab.”

 

Leapfrog Bolt Pro Specifications & Features

 

Technology FDM Suitability High School, College, MakerSpace, Lab
Print Area (mm) 330 x 320 x 205 (single extruder) 300 x 320 x 205 (dual extruder) Additional Features Independent dual extrusion (IDEX), print monitoring camera, HEPA + carbon air filter
Materials Leapfrog Maxx Essentials, Leapfrog Maxx Pro Educational Resources Online 3D printing courses, primary & high school lesson plans
Min. Layer Height (microns) 30    
Connectivity USB, Wifi, Ethernet    
Software Simplify3D (includes), Octoprint (in-browser)    
Heated Platform Yes