Will 3D Printing Redefine Workforce Training?

Mar 3, 2021 | Trends

3D printing had been a popular topic of interest across industries worldwide for the last several years. Although it’s already being utilized effectively by the manufacturing, fashion (jewelry), and the real estate sector, the use of the said tech is gaining unprecedented traction in the education & eLearning domain.

Now, imagine you are an educational institute or a corporate seeking a top-notch eLearning solution to train the humans that essentially make your establishment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. You convey your idea of growing the business entity even further to your L&D Head, especially in context of futuristic business goals.

He comes back to you in a few weeks’ time, and presents before you this new technology, called 3D Printing.

As per a Statista study, 3D printing global market size has grown from USD 4.4 billion in 2013 to a whopping USD 21 billion in 2021.

In the education sector, 3D Printing is already making waves, with top schools and universities in the world leveraging it to empower students print the 3D prototypes of ‘difficult-to-visualize’ physical structures, or concepts. For instance, 3D structure of molecules is being printed by chemistry students worldwide to better understand the subject, and its intricacies. Similarly, biology students are understanding the fundamental concepts of the subject by printing in 3D, the structure of viruses, cells, organs, etc.

As per a Statista survey exploring the leading use cases of 3D printing worldwide, it was learned that the usage in ‘Research & Education’ sector has soared from 11% in 2015 to an impressive 42% in 2020.

Corporate training seems like the next big sector to be hit by the revolutionary 3D Printing tech. The potential applications of the said disruptive tech for employee-training would be:

  • development of prototypes of complex mechanical parts in the manufacturing domain to help new employees learn the product and its anatomy in depth
  • Helping interns create medical prosthetic equipment like an artificial hand or knee
  • Producing sophisticated manufacturing tools that boast of a complex but effective design
  • Ensuring error-free and flawless jewelry production

The future seems extensively bright for CAD (Computer-Aided Design) aided 3D Printing in the domain of eLearning.

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