Recap: Bett show 2018, London

Recap: Bett show 2018, London

  • Written by Matt Jani
    Feb 2, 2018
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    / Events

Held at the Excel center in the heart of London’s Docklands, the Bett show has long been a popular conference for followers of education technology. Bett 2018 attracted more than 600 learning technology suppliers, and over 36,000 visitors from all over the world, representing a variety of different education sectors, including early years, primary, secondary, and higher education, as well as workplace learning and development.

At Ultimaker we are passionate about education, and are always excited to attend this show. This year, we demonstrated to students and teachers how skills in 3D printing are paving the way to build digital skills for a digital future.

The Ultimaker booth featured an Ultimaker Original, an Ultimaker 2+, and several Ultimaker 3 printers, each of which have proven to be powerful additions to learning environments worldwide.

Also on display were our varied range of Ultimaker materials, which offer a seamless 3D printing experience accessible to every user, whether they are experienced with 3D printing or not.

In addition, our product experts demonstrated how to use Ultimaker Cura to students, who could discover how a digital model is transformed into a physical object by designing objects that were then printed at the booth.

Ultimaker booth Bett 2018
The Ultimaker booth at Bett 2018

Leading the way in the classroom

Besides this, we were excited to show the exciting possibilities of merging of 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies, which enable people to duplicate physical objects.

3D scanning and 3D printing
HP sprout can be used to 3D scan objects that can then be 3D printed

We were joined at our booth by our UK education partner, 3D printing ambassadors, and Bett awards finalists, The CREATE Education Project, who demonstrated a range of lesson resources, project ideas, and inspiration for 3D printing in the classroom, showing what is possible with an Ultimaker 3D printer for STEAM education and beyond.

Projects on display included concept models for a PGL obstacle course designed by Year 6 at Brookmead Primary School, and an Arduino controlled 3D printed lighthouse, developed in collaboration with eCraft2Learn.

The Bett show 2018
Professor Matteo Borrini, Principal Lecturer and Forensic Anthropology Masters Programme Leader at Liverpool John Moores University, also joined us on the Ultimaker booth. Professor Borrini, who demonstrated his facial reconstruction model and Skeleton2Go prints, uses 3D technology to create 3D printed replicas of human bones as supporting tools for education, benefiting the students’ learning process.

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We really enjoyed being a part of Bett 2018. We would like to offer a special thanks to our partner CREATE education, Brookmead Primary School, eCraft2Learn, Professor Matteo Borrini, and HP.

We are always grateful for the opportunity to connect with like-minded people at industry events. To see a full list of our upcoming events, click the link below.