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

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

3D Modeling at AggieSTEM Summer Camp

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During the 2014 AggieSTEM Summer Camp at Texas A&M University (TAMU), I had the opportunity to teach 3D Modeling (CAD) ahead of our 3D Printing courses so that students’ ideas could be represented in the computers and then fabricated into solid form! 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

Crowd-sourced Project Egg Artwork

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STEMulate Learning uses the Project Egg crowd-sourced sculpture to teach workshop participants about community involvement and individual participation in global projects. 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

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 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