3D Printers for Lord Grey Academy

A project by: Kate Palmer

pledged of £1,042 target

This project did not reach its target.

Completion Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
We are hoping to raise money to fund 2 new 3D printers.


Number of students that will benefit: 600+

Age of students: 11-18

Percentage of Pupil Premium: 30% approx.


About us

Lord Grey Academy is an exciting and vibrant learning community where students enjoy great success in and outside of the classroom. Our Academy motto: Aspire, Learn, Achieve is important to us as we prepare our students for successful adult lives in an increasingly competitive world.

We have a strong focus on academic achievement throughout the school and develop our young people to be independent and resilient learners. We believe that all students can achieve.

What do we want?

We want to buy two mobile 3D printers to be used by all Key Stages across the school.

Who is this for?

This would be for all Year 7 and 8 students and for students taking GCSE and A-level Design Technology qualifications.

Why do we want it?

Design Technology is a tremendously popular subject at all Key Stages at Lord Grey Academy, with 72 students per year group opting to take it at GCSE each year. 

At present we have 1 large and very old static 3D printer which lives in our technician's office. This can be a struggle with around 200 GCSE students needing to access it as part of their studies over the 3 years and leaves KS3 with no time to access it at all. 

If we were to get 2 additional mobile 3D printers, we would be able to have these in classrooms constantly printing for students to see and use. KS3 would have an opportunity to create an object of their own design at least once a year (even more opportunities at our oversubscribed KS3 DT club). This would give them valuable experience and beginner knowledge of using 3D Design software and understanding of 3D printing processes to prepare them for GCSE. GCSE students would have greater opportunity to design and print more frequently, it would mean a 3D printer for each GCSE DT class in a year group.

  • Year 7 would be able to design and print their own counters, spinners and dice for their board game project.
  • Year 8 would be able to print their own original mobile phone designs for their packaging project.
  • GCSE and A-Level students would be able to design more ambitiously and have a shorter wait time for their creations.


2 x Tiertime UP mini 2 3D Printer @ £521 each https://amzn.eu/d/7SIgKao 

Total = £1,042 (incl VAT & delivery)


If we're fortunate enough to raise more than our target, then we would also like to buy a range of different colours of filament to print in.  


Our goals are to: 

  • Ignite a passion for Design Technology and learning
  • Give equal opportunity to all 
  • Prepare our students for success in their GCSE and A-Level studies

Thank you for helping in any way you can. If you are unable to donate please share our project to help us gather as many donations as possible.

Rocket Fund is a pilot project by Nesta. Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833