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 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

AggieSTEM 3D Printing Summer Camps

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Texas A&M University has asked me to teach 3D Printing at the AggieSTEM summer camp program, due to my prior involvement with the SOLID Learning and STEMulate Learning educational programs, as well as in development of the book “3D Printing for Dummies.” These are amazing kids, doing amazing things in the midst of Summer at TAMU! 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

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

3D Printed Leveling Gauge Bracket

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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

MakerBot Replicator Prepares For Work

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SOLID Learning received the MakerBot Replicator provided by our sponsor, Bre Pettis, and took care of a minor issue with one extruder nozzle with hte help of the excellent MakerBot customer support staff. We will soon be developing and testing our educational robots! Continue reading