Many schools in the UK may need printer supplies for machines capable of making 3D objects in the future.

Such technology could be extremely useful to educational establishments as it can encourage students to think creatively and develop real-world skills, Jon Collins of ZDNet said.

The idea of 3D printers aimed at youngsters was highlighted recently by Origo, which unveiled a model designed to be used by kids aged around ten.

It stated the machine is as intuitive to use as a home games console and will allow children to harness the power of their imagination.

Mr Collins said that as well as inspiring pupils' creativity, the technology could be used to teach valuable skills that may be useful in later life.

"The opportunity to create simple toys or ornaments which can potentially be marketed and sold … offers insight into [the] manufacturing process, market understanding and business development," he suggested as examples of how the innovations can help a youngster's learning.