Technology has revolutionized the way people receive education in many parts of the world. Only a while back, getting access to quality coding lesson for instance required that one travel halfway across the world. Other courses were also very hard to access and people needed to apply years in advance. However, with the internet, anyone can learn anything from the comfort of his or her home.
3D Courses Online
The 3D printing industry has not been left behind. Ultimaker, an open source 3D printing company, believes in the power of the masses. In fact, they have a number of technological designs that are because of collaboration with the masses. In line with this, the company is launching courses online at Coursera.
Coursera is an online platform that provides educational material to people all around the world. The collaboration will take place in partnerships with the University of Illinois. There is real potential for the 3D printing in general. Up to now, there have been very few centralized sources of information on 3D printing. This latest move is an important step in the right direction.
In addition to this, Ultimaker will be giving seventeen 3D printers to the Illinois Makerlab. On every Wednesday, students at the university will be able to interact with 3D printers. This is a step in the right direction towards introducing 3D printing to the world. In the near future, this technology will become an important tool in our lives. For instance, anyone who does not have basic computer skills right now would have a hard time surviving in any modern office.
The future will be a place where 3D printing will be part of our lives. For instance, some of the items bought in stores now will be printed on demand from the comfort of home.
Bringing 3d printing to the world
The collaboration between the University of Illinois, Ultimaker and Coursera is not new. Many prestigious universities in the world are making it easier for people to access education around the world. These free online courses are having a real impact on the world. People who would never have had access to quality tutorials prepared by the best minds in the world are being given easy access without having to send thousands of dollars.
Coursera will normally charge users of its service a small fee. However, this is a small fraction compared to what one would pay to get proper training from a top quality university. The course itself is free for Coursera users.
This joint venture only further establishes Ultimaker as a leading 3d printing company with the vision needed to take this infant industry into the future. Ultimaker has already been receiving many accolades for their industry leading Ultimaker 2+, Extended and Go 3d printers. The industry is keen to see how these collaborations foster new ideas.
When the course is over, users are given a project to complete. They have to use the skills they learned to solve the problem. Such a project can be quite useful; it will encourage one to think about what they learned and how it could change the world. Since the course is online, one can take as long as they need to complete the course. In order to get a completion certificate, a special fee must be paid. Even without the certificate, the skills learned will still be quite useful.