BEF Grant: 3D Printer

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.

replicator_default - EditedThis 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:

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And when a few boys wanted to make medals for their mothers for Mothers’ Day, I just couldn’t resist.

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We’re about to start using the printer to help explore area and perimeter with third grade.

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