- How is sculpting in clay and marble similar to adding and subtracting, respectively?
- If you owned a bakery, would it be cheaper and easier to bake many loaves of bread early each morning, or to bake a single loaf each time a customer placed an order throughout the day? Explain your answer.
- Briefly explain how three-dimensional printers create solid objects.
- What sorts of “inks” do 3-D printers use?
- How old is the personal computer industry?
- What role can a 3-D scanner play in copying solid objects?
- Why is 3-D printing being called the “next Industrial Revolution?”
- What is additive manufacturing?
- Why does 3-D printing build up objects layer by layer?
- Explain sintering.
- How does Ibrahim Ozbolat keep his cell “inks” alive during printing?
- List some of the uses for 3-D printing in exploring space.
- Sculpting a loaf of bread from clay… creating a drip castle on the beach… can you think of another analogy for 3-D printing?
- What would be some of the advantages of using 3-D printing to manufacture clothes?
- Name some objects you probably cannot make using a 3-D printer.
- If you had your own 3-D printer, what are some things you would like to make?
- Should people be able to make whatever they want at home using 3-D printing technology? Why or why not?
- Beginning in the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing moved out of homes and small workshops and into factories. Goods could now be mass manufactured. Some think 3-D printing could reverse that trend. Provide some examples of objects it would make sense to make in small numbers at home, as opposed to in large numbers at a factory.