Printed 3D models in chemistry education

Ludmila Neuwirthová, Rafael Doležal, Karel Kolář, Veronika Machková


volume: 28
year: 2019
issue: 1
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online publishing date: 28/2/2019
DOI: 10.14712/25337556.2019.1.3
ISSN (Online): 2533-7556

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Classical examples of the material didactic aids used in chemistry teaching are rod, ball and calotte models that help students understand spatial layout and properties of molecules. Contemporary 3D printer technology is a new alternative to create a number of material models according to the actual teaching needs. Printed 3D models can be used to support active learning with practical manipulation in common learning, or to facilitate learning of students with visual impairment or impaired spatial perception. In this work, we focus on the design, preparation and application of printed 3D models to support teaching of chemistry within the following two thematic units: periodic law and properties of elements, structural properties of molecules of organic compounds. The objective is to find out how students of primary and secondary schools perceive printed models and how they help them understand the structure of chemical substances. An indispensable part of our research is also a reflection on the extent to which 3D printed models are useful tools for chemistry teachers.


chemistry didactics, 3D printing, models

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