LMETB 3D Printing Innovation Challenge

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Finalist group from Bush Post Primary School

Funded through LMETB Advanced Manufacturing School Projects


The Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) 3D Printing Innovation Challenge is part of LMETB’s Advanced Manufacturing Schools Project.




The 3D printing challenge aims to introduce students and teachers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), and new technologies used in advanced manufacturing enabling both, teachers and students, to learn new skills that allow them to better contextualise what is taught in schools with the requirements of the modern workplace.


The 3D Printing Innovation Challenge consisted of 4 distinct elements, namely:


  • The delivery of 3D modelling and 3D printing training to teachers involved in the programme.
  • Student training whereby a researcher from Irish Manufacturing Research visited each school, and students were given a specific project challenge rooted in project-based learning including a Design Thinking Workshop.
  • Visit to the Irish Manufacturing Research Centre in Mullingar introducing the teachers and students with interactive demonstrations to Industry Standard Facilities, what they do, and the new technologies being used in the transition to Industry 4.0.
  • Students from participating schools presented their projects, demonstrating challenges encountered, how these challenges were overcome, teamwork, the background/context to the project idea, and the processes put in place to deliver the final product.
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