Self-Powered Structures

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have been sharing my earlier research with students looking for inspiration for their Senior, Eagle or Gold Award projects. This research has included solutions drawn from the “Wave Farm” design and other alternative-energy power generation alternativs. 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

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

Solid-State Air Conditioner

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A zero emissions air conditioner for supplemental heating and cooling in cars and buildings using solid-state Peltier modules and photovoltaic solar panels. Condensate can also be collected for filtration in water-poor regions. Continue reading