Pool Academy gets creative with new 3D Printer

Pool Academy is one of the first schools in Cornwall to have a 3D printer and primary schools are using it to get creative.

Building bricks, teddy bears and even James Bond were being transformed into plastic models thanks to the new state-of-the-art equipment.


Pupils from primary schools in the area have been visiting Pool Academy to design and print their own creations.

Rosemellin Primary School children were some of the first to try out the new technology.

They designed houses, animals and cars using a computer programme before printing off their efforts.

Tim Rice, Assistant Head at Rosemellin Primary School, said: “It has been brilliant and the children have loved it. They were so excited to see their designs, something they had made, printed. It was great.”

John, Year 10,  takes Computer Science at Pool Academy so helped pupils use the equipment and had a go at doing some designing too.

He said: “This is the first time I have seen a 3D printer although I have heard of them before.  I had a go at some designing and it was good.”

The 3D printer had four different coloured plastics; blue, yellow, pink or white. It worked by melting a wheel of plastic ‘string’ at about 200 degrees. Controlled by lasers it then squirted liquid plastic out using a template.

Tim Bareham, Pool Academy’s IT teacher, said: “The technology has been available for a for a few years but it is now affordable for schools.

“Pool Academy is one of the first schools in Cornwall to get one.

 “3D printers are going to be used more and more in the future.

“We are in the perfect place in the country to take advantage of the technology.

 “It is very exciting to have it and it will help prepare students for the future they are going to be experiencing.”

Pool Academy’s printer uses plastic but Mr Bareham said other printers can also make things like pasties or pastries.

Primary Schools were invited to Pool Academy as part of the Digital Coding week which ran from September 18. The aim of the week was to inspire people to learn coding and other digital skills.