One of the most famous makerspace tools, a 3D printer can provide extraordinary opportunities for students to successfully bring ideas to fruition. By creating each small piece of an item with thin layers of the necessary materials, a 3D printer can help students manufacture projects from the far corners of their imaginations.
Though some makerspace tools can be expensive to buy, teachers can search for local businesses who are willing to have students visit during certain hours to complete projects, or raise money to purchase used items. Investing in the big-ticket items might seem a bit overwhelming, but starting with less-expensive makerspace supplies is a good start. Remember, to have a true makerspace, focus on the design process and the critical thinking involved rather than a fancy final project—that’s where the real learning takes place.