First 3D Printer Fully Recovered

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Over the summer, students moving our 3D printers to and from the AggieSTEM summer camp sessions accidentally dropped three 3D Printers into a pit due to on-campus construction they were trying to lift the cart over, resulting in various types … Continue reading

Adjusting Scale for Study

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Educators can fabricate 3D Printed examples for their class, scaling the original object scan larger or smaller to suit student need and demonstration use in the classroom. 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

3D Printing In Cheese Spray

Heart-shaped cheese spray on a Ritz cracker.

While discussing “fully-configurable” 3D printers you can modify┬áto whatever idea you have, I mentioned “using Cheese-Whiz(tm) as a print medium” and several members of the group started discussing how they would like to use cracker-serving 3D printers for dinner parties … Continue reading

3D Printed Electronics Housings

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Whether designing with an Arduino or a full Raspberry Pi, our teachers use 3D printing to protect electronics from kids and kids from the electronics. 3D printed roll-up cases also hold students’ circuits in place between classes and provide drawers to contain small components as each class progresses from one lesson to the next. Continue reading

Signs, Signs – Everywhere 3D Printed Signs

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Using a 3D printer, the new $8,400 Smartboard is protected from unknowing misuse by a few cents’ worth of plastic and a few craft supplies. A 3D Printed sign and a few small rare earth magnets are all that is needed to alert students and faculty that the Smartboards should not be used as a Whiteboard, keeping the display surface clean and operational – a great way to show off 3D printing to faculty and school administrators. Continue reading

#SciFund Round 3 “Digitize the World”

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In Round 3 of the #SciFund Challenge, I will be crowd-funding a 3D Scanner to scan objects and students for the SOLID Learning program. Museums have offered access to their collections in return for access to the scanned files, and scanning poses no harm to fragile dinosaur bones or priceless artifacts from antiquity. This crowd-funding project can literally share the world’s history with any teacher or student anywhere in the world by scanning items and making them freely available for download. 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

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

3D Printed Leveling Gauge Bracket

3D Printed digital indicator bracket with small rare-earth magnets installed.

The very first item I created using the new MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer was a tool that enhanced the use of the printer itself! The first crude Replicator Bed Level Jig was used to create a more polished version of the jig, and this has been used to regularly balance the 3D printer’s build plate ever since. Continue reading