by Albert Wisco Thursday September 19, 2013

With their rising popularity and growing acessibility, 3D printers have the potential to revolutionize manufacturing -- whether it's creating a customized cell phone cover, a camera lens cap or a plastic figure. These are a few examples of 3D printing, says Derek Quenneville, a 3D printing artist who is with Site 3 coLaboratory. He explains that in the process of creating an object using a 3D printer, kids need to use their imaginations, and geometry and computer programming skills. Click here to read more about 3D printing on

In this video, Quenneville demonstrates how a 3D printer works as he creates moustache rings for kids:



3D printing is part of the Maker Movement that encourages kids and adults to learn by making to learn. You can ckeck out the Maker Faire in Toronto this weekend on September 21 and 22 in Toronto at Wychwood Barns.

Also check out the game Artbot Action, where kids use geometry, spatial sense and early computer programming skills -- all the same skills required for 3D printing!