WIG Hovertrain: Innovation Takes Time

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I wanted to share my idea for a form of rapid transportation that uses magnets for propulsion and the wing-in-ground-effect (WIG) for suspension above a track. Various “hovertrain” ideas using air suspension have been examined since before I was born, but are still being explored today as well. 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

Student Dreams Made SOLID

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Around our other workshop results, my son’s High School class project leveraged 3D printing to test out his own “Concepts of Engineering and Technology” designs. The Spring semester may offer more opportunities to expand the SOLID Learning research at schools around the world leveraging the excellent 3DR RepRap design by my “3D Printing for Dummies” co-author, Richard Horne. Continue reading

Electronics Merit Badge Classes

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Teaching Electronics Merit Badge courses for Boy Scouts allows the exploration of mathematics and project management while encouraging young learner engagement and interest in STEM subject areas without requiring a costly equipment setup expense. Continue reading

3D Printed World History Weekend

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Educators and learners can use 3D printing to bring physical examples of famous structures to their classroom. Passing around these models inspires students to consider aspects of ancient civilizations and their understanding of mathematics and structure. Continue reading

Learning SCRATCH on the Raspberry Pi

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Teaching programming using MIT’s Scratch is easy for young students and adults alike. Scratch on Raspberry Pi is inexpensive and flexible for software and hardware controls, leveraging software control over the RasPi GPIO interface pins. 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