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Why have schools been slow to adopt 3D printing?

In 2013, Michael Gove, then education secretary, announced a £500,000 programme to introduce “futuristic” 3D printers into state school classrooms. The hope was that it would boost the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, and the new programme came on the back a successful Department for Education funded trial the previous year that enabled 21 secondary schools to use 3D printers in STEM and design and technology classes.

Announcing the news, Gove said 3D printers “were revolutionising manufacturing and it is vital that we start teaching the theory and ...

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