Test Print from MAKE Magazine

MAKE Rook Test Piece 1

Students during the STEMulate Learning workshop this weekend asked me to test our self-built and modified MendelMax2 RepRap 3D Printer using the stylized Rook print from MAKE Magazine’s annual printer “Shoot Out” Test, with very good results. Continue reading

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

3DR RepRap 3D Printers

3DR assembly of the base 3D printed components

The last workshop of 2013 focused on wrapping up projects and starting to build new tools like Richard Horne’s 3DR RepRap printers for use during the upcoming year’s SOLID Learning workshops and in makerspaces developing in schools and libraries! Continue reading

Student Dreams Made SOLID

Desk Organizer Prototype

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

Delta 3D Printers

3D Print of the 3DR corner in a STEMulate Learning workshop

After discussing the options available, SOLID Learning workshop participants have selected the Delta format 3DR RepRap for the 3D Printer platform we will build for their schools. 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

#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 B Support Results

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During the 2nd Round of the #SciFund Challenge, crowd-funded support was provided to test the artificial “Solar Seaweed” system, with very positive results after the open-water tests conducted in the Gulf of Mexico. The design was proven to work and additional areas for further research were revealed. 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