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3D Printing and Gaming

Let’s be honest, Games today teach kids more about life than anything. A young kid might not know the alphabet completely but would be familiar with the entire game mechanics of world building games.

Immersive world building games are probably one of the first learning tools a child might encounter in their lifetime. I have never learnt as much in history class as much as I learned playing age of empires.

Every kid today is aware of the phenomenon that is minecraft. And let’s face it, minecraft is more of an experience than it is a game. MinecraftEdu is a version of Minecraft designed by teachers for classroom use. It contains many additions to the original game that make it more useful and appropriate in a school setting. Many lessons and activities are available for free, and there is a vibrant, active teacher community exploring uses of the game It lets teachers and students learn together in a digital world that can come to life using 3D printers. Let your kids got to town creating their own unique world and then just export it as an STL file and print it out using a 3D printer.

With a lot of studios realizing the potential of 3D printing like Media Molecule (Littlebigplanet, Tearaway, Dreams) .Their latest game Dreams™ is a space where you go to play and experience the dreams of Media Molecule and our community. It’s also a space in which to create your own dreams, whether they’re games, art, films, music or anything in-between and beyond. And to further strengthen their ideology of create and play in your world Dreams is going to include a feature to let you 3D print your creations.

3D printing work so well with these games because in principle all these games have endless possibilities only bounded by your imagination just like 3D printing. If there is no limitation whilst you are in the game why should there be any outside of it.


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