Computing KS3/4: What can 3D printing be used for?

Professor Danielle George explains how 3D printing works demonstrates how detailed it can be.

She presents an audience member with a model bust made from a scan and reveals more beneficial uses for the technology.

She also speaks with five-year-old Hayley Fraser who wears a 3D printed prosthetic hand.

This clip is from The Royal Institute Christmas Lectures 2014.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to start a discussion on 3D printing in the future.

Will everyone have a 3D printer in their house like we have 2D printers now?

What kinds of objects will never be able to be printed?

Will there need to be rules about what people can and can’t print, eg. a 3D printed gun?

Curriculum Notes

These clips will be relevant for teaching Computing, ICT and Computer Science at KS3 and GCSE/KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level and National 4/5 in Scotland.

The topics discussed will support OCR, Edexcel, AQA,WJEC at GCSE level in England and Wales, CCEA in Northern Ireland and SQA in Scotland.

More from The Royal Institute Christmas Lectures 2014:

Feedback loops
How does a digital camera work?
How LED screens work
How robots can work together in a swarm
The Mars Rover and autonomous navigation
Solving a Rubik's cube by smartphone
Touching virtual objects