By Benzion Cheirif
As parents, our job is to provide our children with the tools they will need to lead happy, productive lives. Part of that entails making sure they receive a well-rounded education and exposure to activities or pastimes that while entertaining, also enhance their potential.
More and more experts today agree that the era of the process-based education is over. Why put the emphasis on teaching math when we have calculators? Computers have now taken over much of the work we used to have to process in our own minds! It should be enough to understand the process and when to apply it.
Nowadays, the most important skills our kids really need to succeed are not taught, they are nurtured: motivation, creativity, imagination, leadership qualities, out-of-the-box thinking, and the ability to take initiatives and follow a project through to conclusion.
ENTER THE 3D PRINTER
3D printing, the innovative and astonishing technology that is used to create physical objects from digital models, has been around for a few years, but has only recently become modified and affordable enough for home use.
What if I told you that acquiring a 3D printer for your home could be one of the best investments you could make in your children’s future?
What if I told you that “playing around” with their very own 3D printer could help your child grow into a productive, well-rounded adult?
It may sound counterintuitive to bring another “expensive toy” into your home, but considering the ever-expanding role 3D printing plays in our lives, you might want to re-think that.
More than just another gadget, a 3D printer not only has the potential to provide hours of productive fun for your family, but can also serve as a springboard to your child’s future career.
Exposing your children to this incredible technology, in the comfort of your own home, allows them to explore and expand their creativity, imagination and resourcefulness; Chavie can print a doll she designed herself, Shlomo can create a digital model of tefillin cases online and then print his own, Sarah can print keychains to give out to her friends at her bat mitzvah, and Yehuda can hone his
entrepreneurial skills by printing personalized items to sell to his friends.
There is virtually no limit to what your kids can make on a 3D printer: jewelry, plates, mugs, toys, and tools in whatever color, size, or shape they want. Without even being aware of it, they are flexing their analytical skills, creativity and project management abilities.
Furthermore, learning to use one of these amazing machines from an early age could one day lead to a very lucrative job involving 3D printers. Anyone who becomes thoroughly knowledgeable in the technology is practically assured a future job in the field, whether it’s in research and development, design, operation or finding new applications that can one day revolutionize the world we live in.
3D PRINTERS ARE THE FUTURE
There is no question that 3D printing is the biggest game changer in the technology field to come around in decades. Not only is it here to stay, it is being adopted by nearly every industry imaginable.
3D printers are currently being used to produce countless things: car and airplane parts, artificial limbs, toys, jewelry and even food and medicines. There are thousands of companies utilizing 3D printers to create new products, improve old ones, and better their business processes. That number is sure to multiply exponentially in the coming years. Not since the affordable home computer was introduced in the 80s has something as entertaining, innovative and useful as a home 3D printer come along. And, just like a computer, it will eventually become an invaluable tool that will enhance and promote your children’s
education and positively influence their future endeavors.
Benzion Cheirif is a photographer and 3D printing expert who can help design and print almost anything you can imagine.
For more information on 3D printers, printing services or the Rav Meimad 3D printer, Israel’s best and most affordable 3D printer for the home and small businesses, which comes fully assembled and ready to print, contact Benzion at 052-552-1961, firstname.lastname@example.org or through his website www.ravmeimad.com.