Aspiring engineers at Woodhouse Grove School in Apperley Bridge will be enjoying interactive Design and Technology lessons thanks to the generous donation of a 3D printer and accredited Safety Cabinet by the Leeds-based manufacturer of desktop 3D printers, Kora.
The top-of-the-range Kora Pro PC 3D Printer and SC-01 Safety Cabinet will enable Senior School pupils to produce intricate designs from filament and enrich the teaching of STEM and design subjects.
The donation of Kora’s newly designed SC-01 Safety Cabinet, which removes the risks to users from heat, entrapment and particle emissions from the 3D printing process, will also make Woodhouse Grove the first school in the UK to be compliant with new regulations surrounding the safe use of 3D printers that have been recently announced by CLEAPSS/Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
James Allison, Woodhouse Grove Head of Design Technology, said:
“We are extremely grateful to Kora for giving Grove pupils the opportunity to experience and understand the potential of of 3D Printing in a safe environment. Although we have only had the Kora 3D printer and cabinet for a short time, and still have much to learn, it has been a great hit with staff and students alike.
“With changes to D&T specifications at both GCSE and A Level it gives our students yet another way in which they can communicate/model ideas and a superb resource to manufacture industrial standard components and prototypes. At The Grove, we aim to fully prepare our pupils for whatever they go on to do once they leave our doors. Grovians can now be equipped for a world in which 3D printing and similar technologies are increasingly commonplace across a range of industries.”
Steve Burrows, Managing Director of Kora, said:
“Additive manufacturing is an exciting new development and one with huge potential. However, we believe that until recently, not enough was understood about the safe use of 3D printers and the impact on air quality. We are delighted that our donation will allow teaching staff at Woodhouse Grove to provide a safe learning environment in which students can try their hand at 3D printing.”