Blokify is a iPad app that allows you to create directly on the iPad and print to a 3D printer. Check it out at iTunes.
With these new technologies, we can lesson the "Steep Learning Curve" created by the complexities of 3D Design and utilize the benefits of Game Based Learning.
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To Understand the Future of 3D printing, Talk to Students June 29, 2015 | 3d design, higher ed, K-12, MakerBot 3D Printers | by Jonathan Jaglom - http://www.makerbot.com/media-center/2015/06/29/to-understand-the-future-of-3d-printing-talk-to-students