3D Printer Assessments

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Accidental damage to the 3D printers for the AggieSTEM summer camps required time to diagnose the damage, giving us time to set up two Raspberry Pi single-board computers for OctoPrint remote web-based 3D printer control and monitoring using OctoPi. Continue reading

AggieSTEM Summer Camp Students on Television

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Students taking part in the AggieSTEM Summer Camps at Texas A&M University have been interviewed for television and their designs are on display at the University art gallery! Continue reading

3D Printers at AggieSTEM Summer Camps

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Our wooden-framed MakerBot Replicator, MendelMax 3D and RostockMax Printers were damaged during transportation, but another teacher brought her MakerBot Replicator2 in for our AggieSTEM Summer Camp classes at Texas A&M University and the students had a great time! Continue reading

Centrifuging Liquids DremelFuge Workshop

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Within the STEMulate Learning workshops, several events have been focused on SOLID Learning principles to test and share the potential for 3D Printed materials and tools. The purpose of the SOLID Learning effort has been to develop 3D Printable resources … Continue reading

Getting Started with 3D Printing in Education

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Teachers ask how to get started bringing 3D printing to their classroom. Here are a few considerations and current options available to teachers and school, whether they are well funded or just getting started with a few introductory efforts. Continue reading

#SciFund Round 2 Project A Support Results

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Our #SciFund Challenge, Round 2’s “Personalized Robotics” project is already showing the value 3D printing presents to educational settings, connecting educators with freely shared 3D model designs and letting students and teachers create custom, personalized designs to meet many educational needs. Continue reading

#SciFund Challenge Participation

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STEMulate Learning has been taking part in the #SciFund Challenge since the beginning. Round 3 coming up and we will have another entry in this exciting program hosted by the RocketHub crowd-funding site. Here I discuss our success in rounds 1 and 2, and introduce our concepts for round 3! Continue reading

Making Proprietary Generic, Reusable and Inexpensive

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Using a 3D printer and a few cents’ worth of plastic, one teacher can now refill proprietary printer cartridges for 1/20th the cost of a new cartridge using generic supplies. It took three tries to bypass all measures designed to prevent refilling by the manufacturer, but this involved only simple changes in a CAD program and a little time for reprints. Continue reading

Filling In The Holes

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After dropping a small tool into the electronics under the MakerBot, I 3D printed four compound-mitered grills to cover the holes and protect the electronics in the base of the printer. The hexagonal-grid grills were fabricated directly with space for the printer’s wiring and all edges aligned to fit a 3-D box corner perfectly. Another great self-fabricated improvement for the MakerBot 3D printer. Continue reading

Improving Our 3D Printer Footing

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When the original foam-rubber feet fell off the MakerBot 3D printer, I fabricated improved feet that hold fast and also provide sound and vibration isolation from my desktop. Using nothing more than the 3D printer itself and some common self-adhesive vinyl standoffs, the 3D printer no operates quietly and with very little transferred vibration to my desk. All for just a few cents worth of plastic filament and common self-adhesive grips from the hardware store that cost less than $3 USD. Continue reading