With the help of the Burlington Education Foundation‘s grant program, Francis Wyman was able to purchase a 3d printer this winter. It’s an amazing new technology that allows users to take ideas that exist only in their head, print them, and hold those ideas in their hands.
This spring we’ve been focusing on workflow: what’s the best way for students to design on their iPads and then get print files to the printer. We’ve experimented with apps such as 123D Design, 123D Sculpt+, Blockify, and MakerBot PrintShop. Each has it’s pros and cons. Generally, the more advanced programs (123D Design and Sculpt+) allow you to do much more, but are more difficult to learn. Blockify and PrintShop are limited in their abilities, but are quick to learn – making them ideal for our younger students.
Here is some of what we’ve been up to:
And when a few boys wanted to make medals for their mothers for Mothers’ Day, I just couldn’t resist.
We’re about to start using the printer to help explore area and perimeter with third grade.