As Im sitting at home recovering from a replacement hip operation, this is the second one and I returned from hospital yesterday - I have a bit of time now on my hands as I cant drive for six weeks and on crutches so Im wondering what experiences you have had using or seeing schools use RP machines? Tim has sent some great information but wondering what else is out there by way of offering schools and teachers advice on what kind to consider when purchasing. Costs seem to be coming down as are sizes of machines. When I was working at Jarrow school, we purchased the ZCorp colour printer - £26K I think. We were an Engineering College and those were the days Specialist Schools were supported with funds. Those days are sadly gone! Information I receive I will collate and send out to all.
A report is available which outlines what was learnt from the pilot project looking at the potential of 3D printing in 21 schools. Download from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/3d-printers-in-schools-uses-in-the-curriculum
I have been using 3D printers for almost 3 years now. We have a Z Corp 450 full colour for high end Architectural A level projects and an UP printer for everything else. I keep them in an advanced manufacturing room that includes an industrial laser cutter and a 3D router. We use the machines almost every day and they have proved invaluable as the reason to learn CAD and quality of project work. I know as a OCR A level moderator that we produce excellent prototypes all made possible by Cadcam.