Adaptive Training Services: Creating enhanced training models using color 3D printing

Adaptive Training Services: Creating enhanced training models using color 3D printing

Adaptive Training Services creates safer workplaces in traditionally hazardous industries. They offer training courses that create higher retention rates on critical information, increased engagement among employees, and lower rates of workplace accidents. Adaptive Training Services uses 3D printing  & Palette 2 as learning and engagement tools to create miniatures and challenge their students in the classroom.

Brandon Price spent over 15 years working in hazardous industries as a field inspector and safety trainer. Brandon would teach classes of workers how to safely operate their equipment in the field and how to avoid unsafe work practices. These classes would often consist of workers sitting in front of a computer screen, reading a block of text, then waiting for a timer to count down to allow them to navigate to the next page. After going through this tedious and boring approach for hours on end, they’d complete a test.

If they scored under 80%, they would take the test again. And again. And again… Until they scored over the 80% threshold. This approach did not focus on retention or learning, and often the information consumed would be forgotten shortly after the test was taken.

One day, Brandon decided to take a different approach.

3D Printing

He began to 3D print educational reference models for his classes. He created dioramas featuring these models and would ask classes to evaluate the printed environments (keeping their eyes peeled for OSHA violations) in the scene.

Brandon began using Palette 2 alongside his 3D printer to create these models in the most realistic and accurate way possible. By bringing color to the equipment and tool models, he was better able to highlight specific elements of each model.

A digital representation of a piping system Adaptive Training Services wanted to represent for one of their courses

Classes would have a set period of time to create a list of violations, and the individual with the highest score would win a multi-tool for use in the field. By engaging students and providing a rewarding incentive, Adaptive Training Services increased engagement rates and retention, while reducing the frequency of safety infractions in the field.

3D printing helped Adaptive make their classes more interactive and engaging for their students by using physical models and dioramas (rather than monotonous, non-representative software) during the learning process. When students were challenged in a new way and pushed to use physical, printed, objects to investigate and determine breaches in safety protocol, the entire mood around safety training changed.


“Colors are a necessity for the models I’m printing. Whether they’re showing different materials, stress levels, or sections, color is required to communicate the message clearly.” 


The Results

By finding a way to generate interest in their classes, everyone became more engaged in the lessons. When it was time for testing, the results were immediately clear.

The physical representation of the piping system above, printed with Palette 2.

Typical tests scores for one of the ATS training programs average roughly 94 percent on the first test, a huge increase over previous approaches. 

“When you bring a miniature version of [a vehicle, or tool] that an operator is using every day, they immediately become more curious and engaged because of its familiarity.”

Now, Adaptive is growing, bringing turn-key solutions to their clients by through the modelling, 3d printing, and training process across an ever-growing list of industries.

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