Thank you so much for sending your kids/coming to our 3D printing camp. Please see the details below on what we did throughout the week and some pointers and links if you want to continue exploring the 3D printing world.
Also, please visit our main site for information on more summer camps at our studio and our Computer Science and Programming courses. Our Fall schedule will be up this week!
We have them at the studio. Feel free to come by and pick them up -- we have camps this week and next week from 9 to 4 Monday through Thursday. We can also ship them to you. And don't hesitate to let us know if we missed a print or if you would like a replacement print.
Geometry lesson: 0D, 1D, 2D, and 3D -- We discussed some mathematical aspects of 3 dimensions. They immediately started working with the 123D design app to create their first "free-form" design.
123D Design -- This app is actually free and is a great start for those just starting with CAD or the experienced designer. We use this app for a majority of our design work (the students spent a good deal of time using it during the week). We encourage the use of "primitive" shapes and basic manipulations, but also allow them to use some of the "built-in" shapes and full examples from the gallery.
Print Shop by Makerbot -- This app allowed the students to draw a picture on paper, take a picture, and "extrude" it into a 3D design. Most of the students used it to create rings and some of the other built-in design maniuplations. This provides a nice break from the more technical CAD-oriented 123D app.
3D printer pen -- Throughout the week, the students were allowed to use the 3D printer pen to accentuate their designs or create separate designs.
Minecraft -- As is the case for most camps for this age group, incorporating minecraft is a must. And actually, it works well for a 3D printing camp since the minecraft world is 3D. The campers worked on a structure in minecraft that we printed in miniature in white.
Other technology and math educational apps -- Because we spent many hours together, we let the students explore some of the other apps we have loaded on our iPads (and use for some of our other classes and camps). One of our popular apps that some tried out is lightbot. Let me know if your kid tried out some other apps and I can give you some background and additional information.
Our printers -- Some of you all had some questions about printers and buying one for home use. We use Makerbot printers and I highly recommend the previous generation Replicator 2 and Replicator 2x; however, they may be hard to find now. You may even want to research Replicator clones. The newer generation of Replicators with their "smart extruders" have actually proven to be less reliable and "less smart". There is actually a class action lawsuit being filed against Makerbot and their smart extruder technology. As is the case with most emerging technologies, it may be a few more years before a clear leader emerges with reliable products at a good price. And finally, a wonderful place to go and look and all that is being designed for 3D printing is thingiverse. You'll be amazed at all the great designs people have uploaded to share with the world.
Thanks again and Happy printing!