You might not know it, but 3D printing has been around since the 1980s at which point they were referred to as rapid prototyping machines. They are still used for that purpose today but now they do much more.

3D printing has come a long way, especially in the last few years, and we are more frequently seeing the technology make its way into classrooms around Australia.

The lucky winning school in our 2016 Prize Draw will be able to experience this technology for themselves with the MakerBot Mini Compact 3D Printer and MakerBot Digitiser.

MakerBot Mini Compact 3D Printer and Digitiser

The MakerBot Mini is simple to use. It comes with step-by-step instructions for installation and then you simply install software from the MakerBot website and you’re ready to go. Browse through pre-designed examples in the MakerBot library, find an object you like and hit print.

Want to create your own models? You can do that too! The new MakerBot PrintShop app allows you to create your own models directly from your tablet. Think of the creative concepts your students could imagine and create.

What’s super-cool about this prize is that the digitiser that comes with the printer allows you to scan anything and make a replica. Simply set whatever you want to replicate on the scanning plate and the digitiser will scan it, send the information to the printer and replicate the item.

Check out the video below to see the MakerBot Mini Replicator 3D Printer in action!

Learn more about the 2016 Prize Draw here.