Saturday, August 12, 2017

3D Printers In Our Classroom

IMG_3855.JPGI was in the class when two men came in and said, “hi we are Farshid and Baruk and we have 3D printers for you to trial.” I watched them set it up and pull out some blue and black PLA (plastic). The Baruk said “do you want black or pink” and I answered “pink”. So Baruk went out the door to get pink PLA. Then everyone came in and saw the 3D printers and we got into it. Farshid showed us a website called TINKERCAD and showed us how to make a design. We all took lessons to learn how to use it.

Our first challenge was to design our name using text. We had to make sure that the letters connected for it to print properly.  I learnt that in order for the design to work my design had to be sitting flat on the work plane.  If it didn’t the 3D printer would not print it would just hover over doing nothing.

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I have enjoyed designing and printing. It has been fun and I have learnt something new.  I wonder if the school will purchase one of their own?

By Isla

1 comment:

  1. Kia ora Isla,
    WOW your class was extremely lucky to trial 3D printers. I have never created anything with a 3D printer but have seen some amazing things happening! Can you think of ways you could use a 3D printer at school on a regular basis? Do you think you could persuade school to buy one? Had you heard of a 3D printer before?