3D Printing Educational Models for all students (Lecture/demo)

Handouts Media

Presented at 8:00am in Standley II Lab on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.



  • Jonathan Gorges, Instructional Computer Support Specialist, College of the Desert

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference


Using 3D Printers to create educational models for all students. 3D models allow students to explore things as small atoms to galaxies in space.


College of the Desert has been using 3D printers in the Disabled Students Programs and Services Department for 3 years creating tactile 3D objects for students to use in the classroom.

Originally, we created tactile graphics for the blind and visually impaired on paper. We came across some issues when students were taking geology courses. The faculty was frustrated with the limitations of paper tactile graphics and wanted something in 3D. This experience led us to explore how to use 3D printers to create cost-effective models for students to use.

Students found the technology fascinating and we formed a student club. Which has expanded to over 200 members. Creating original educational models for students of all abilities.


  1. How to find existing educational 3D models
  2. How to create educational 3D models
  3. How to 3D Print your models

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Jonathan Gorges

I have worked with the College of the Desert in the Disabled Students Program and Services for 13 years. During this time I explore new assistive technology and work with students directly. I also do the alternate media for the campus. I have been exploring that few years with 3D printing learning models from textbooks to expand universal design learning.

We have also developed a way of providing real-time closed captions, to YouTube Livestreams and In-Person events, and other captioning solutions.