3D Printing: How Does it Really Work? 3D Printing in the Classroom book. As regular readers of this blog know, I am quite interested in the educational applications of 3D printing.
Our timing couldn’t be be better. Our talk on the topic at the CUE Conference drew so many people that every seat and floor space was filled with folks interested in the topic, and we were told that there were a lot of people standing in the doorway listening. (Thank goodness the Fire Marshal didn’t come.) Afterwards, one attendee sent me this message in an e-mail “I attended your presentation at CUE about 3D printing in the Classroom. Awesome lecture! This is typical of numerous comments we’ve received. I think the reason for the comments has less to do with us than with the topic. 3D printing is going mainstream, and educators need all the help they can get to incorporate these amazing devices into the curriculum. The upcoming book mentioned in the comment I received will be available in June, 2014. Like this: Like Loading... 3D Printing – Coming to a Classroom Near you (Sooner Than you Think)!
3D Printing is less Costly and More Readily Available Then Most People Realize.
Did you know that you can buy a 3D printer from Amazon.com for $1200 and start creating thousands of different items in your home or classroom today. Seriously – here’s a link to the FlashBorge 3D Printer on Amazon ($US 1,199.00 as of the writing of this article), and here’s a link to Thingyverse, where you can find thousands of different designs that tell the printer what to print – anything from a frog dissection kit to an automatic transmission model.
Everyone I talk to about this is pretty amazed that this technology is that far along and available for affordable purchase and use. The potential for the use of this new technology is education is vast and exciting. (Image composite of pics from NSF, Amazon, Thingiverse) The Potential – What 3D Printing Will Make Possible in Coming Years The Reality – What Schools are Doing With 3D Printers Today These are just a few of the many examples out there. You can now 3D print your own Sesame Street toys thanks to MakerBot. Printeer Is A 3D Printer Designed For Schoolkids. Meet Printeer: a colourful 3D printer that’s being designed to appeal to kids.
Ergo it looks fun, with brightly coloured parts displayed safely behind clear perspex panels, and also aims to be child’s play to use — using object design software that will run on an iPad. Conjuring objects into existence with Printeer thus won’t require specialist CAD skills or even any tedious wrangling with a PC. Being a tablet app, it’s a case of doodle something with a finger and then hit print. Or so the promise goes. Traditional 3D printers require the user to jump through many hoops to design and make something ready for 3D printing. As 3D printers transition from cutting edge kit for pro geeks and makers to take aim at the mainstream market then additional niches are going to emerge to target particular consumer segments. Printeer’s makers are taking the indie route to serve this market segment, putting their prototype device on Kickstarter to raise $50,000 to get to market.
MakerBot Unleashes PrintShop iOS App for 3D Designing. MakerBot has officially launched its MakerBot PrintShop app, a free iOS-only tool that's designed to assist those of you looking to 3D print your own little trinkets and doodads.
That is, of course, assuming that you have one of the company's somewhat-pricey 3D printers. If not, a virtual designer will you forever be. The app is styled to assist relative newbies to 3D design by giving them three separate tools to pick from when thinking of new things to create. The overall idea is to provide a stress-free interface that allows neophytes to either create original work or, if they prefer, select from a pre-built library of 3D objects that they can modify and save down to their own "Thingiverse Library. " "With the introduction of MakerBot PrintShop, we believe we have finally provided a piece of software that helps bring 3D printing to the masses. The app itself is split into three different "features:" Type Maker, Ring Maker, and Bracelet Maker.
The Ring Maker is where the fun begins.