The year ahead: #4 Andrew Hirst

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We asked 13 movers, shakers and thinkers from different industry sectors what they reckon the big trends, developments and challenges will be in their sector in the coming year. This is what they had to say:

Andrew Hirst – teacher in the Design and Technology Faculty at The King’s School in Grantham, UK

3D printing is becoming increasingly more accessible to schools due to the affordability now of 3D printers.

This has drastically improved creativity in GCSE and A-level work and has allowed our students greater flexibility.

I predict that in 2013, the number of schools that have access to 3D printers will continue to rise and therefore the standard of work produced will be higher than ever seen before.

I predict a chain reaction happening throughout education because of this which will, through schools and universities, lead to an exceptional standard of design technology in industry as these students enter the working world.


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