Since the 1980s, 2D has become 3D. Chuck Hull made an advanced tool that we can now find all around our school known as the 3D printer. There are 3D printers that can be found throughout the school are the MakerBot Replicator and 2 Anycubic 3D printers. The MakerBot Replicator is a 3D printer with a built-in LCD screen, a USB port, and sometimes an on board camera, which is a camera installed on the 3D printer. The Anycubic 13 Mega is a 3D printer that makes extremely high quality prints with smaller designs. In our school, students have the opportunity to give life to the designs they make.
How Students Make Designs 6/7/8 Section
Students in the 6/7/8 3D Printing workshop go to a 3D modeling app, primarily Tinkercad. Tinkercad is a program that lets you make 3D designs for your 3D printer. There, they model their design and upload the Stl. file (which is a file format commonly used for 3D printing) to be printed by the Workshop teacher, Mr. Hamlin. First, they could drag any shape that is in the sidebar. They then could make the shape bigger, smaller, and taller. There are hole shapes which are shapes that make normal shapes hollow. When you merge them with the normal shape, it makes a hole the shape of the hole shape. You can also get shapes and combine them together to make a unique shape. You can keep combining shapes even after you combine 2 shapes together. Once you are done with your design, you press the button that lets you upload the file into your files. Once you upload the files to the assignment, Mr. Hamlin would get the file and upload it to the 3D printer, where it gets printed.
“My favorite part of the 3D printer is the efficiency, and the rate at which it expels plastic. The spool spinning around can symbolize materials being used and you can see designs getting built at that moment.” Clayton, a 6th grade student who is taking this elective. Currently, the printers have been used for the 3D printing workshop where kids have designed a name plate, a trophy, a game piece, and even a dice!
How Students Make Designs Elementary Section
Here we have an interview with Ethan, Aiden, and Alia, 4th graders who used the elementary school Makerbot for Maker39. We asked what their favorite part of the 3D printer was. “My favorite part is the filament,” the two agreed. “We used the 3D printer a lot in 3rd grade for Maker39,” Ethan replied when asked about how much he used the 3D printer. “You make a design on Makerbot, you download it into a file, then upload it onto a USB. Put the USB into the 3D printer, insert the filament then twist the type knob and find your design,” Alia responds after being asked about the process of using the 3D printer. “We made Apple Watch fidgets spinners. I would design it, put into a USB, put in the 3D printer and wait. We made 26 in total. It took us 2 weeks,“ Aiden responds after being asked about his process of using the 3D printer for his Maker39 business.
Overall, the school’s 3D printers have provided education, fun and promoted creativity.
About UV resigns https://www.livescience.com/50326-what-is-ultraviolet-light.html
3D Printing.com https://3dprinting.com/what-is-3d-printing/
About Chuck Hull https://www.invent.org/inductees/charles-hull
Banner: Photo Taken On iPad Air in Hamlin Homeroom
Tinkercad Screenshot on iPad Air
Last Photo: Taken On iPad Air at Window
Mr. Hamlin (Teacher)
Clayton H. (Student)
Rafael R. (Student)
Ethan S. (4th graders)
Alia A. (4th graders)