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.
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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

8 comments:

  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?
    Tania

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    1. Hi Tania,
      My teacher actually asked us to make posters to see if we could persuade our principal to buy one. I did know about 3D printers before this experience.

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  2. Hi Room 7, My name is Bruno and I'm a student at Waikowhai Primary School in Te Waka Ako. I loved your blog post about 3D printing and how you used Tinkerkad to make your name. It made me think of the future and how we will use 3D printers more often. Maybe next time could you put just a little bit more writing if you would like to check out my blog here's the link www.wpsbrunoa.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Hey Bruno
      Thank you for the Great advise I will definitely tell Isla to put more writing in her posts.Have you had 3D printers in your class?
      Sincerely
      Jordan

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  3. Hey Room 7,
    I'm Shabeera from Waikowhai Primary School. I really like your blog post about " 3D printers in your classroom." Your really lucky to trial 3D printers. This reminds me of when we had a 3D printer but then we sold it out to another person. I have a question, Was it easy making your name on TINKERCAD. If you would like to see my learning blog, Here it is http://wpsshabeeraa.blogspot.co.nz/

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  5. Hello Shabeera
    I Have asked Isla your question and she said It was quite easy to make her name but it was hard to get all the letters the same size.By the way what did you make when you had the 3D printers?
    Sincerely
    Jordan

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