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I Have a 3D Printer - Now What?

Location: W194b

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD

Tuesday, June 26, 1:15–2:15 pm
Location: W194b

Andy Mann  
Teach students to be problem solvers and creators with the support of classroom 3D printers. Find and customize 3D objects, then learn to create beginning and intermediate projects in TinkerCAD. Learn about and try 3DSlash, SketchUp for Schools (online) and MeshMixer. Explore free resource library and 3D printer tutorials.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Most programs will work online. Some programs will be demonstrated, such as MeshMixer - requires an installation on a Windows or OSX computer. A Chromebook will provide what is needed. DO NOT BRING A 3D PRINTER. The focus will be on the design process prior to printing.

Create accounts as time allows: (must be activated by Google Admin) to use (this version is web based and works with Chromebooks)

Download/install for those with Windows/OSX devices (optional)
Autodesk Meshmixer

Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Maker activities and programs
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

There are five learning objects
1 - Participants will understand the design thinking process and how students can be creators with the 3D printer being the device for their creations
2 - Participants will learn where they can find educationally relevant 3D objects to print - such as historic artifacts objects from the Smithsonian Institute, or body parts from the National Institute of Health
3 - Participants will learn how to create/customize an object for printing - such as an object from Thingiverse or CookieCaster
4 - Participants will learn to create an object to solve a problem using a program such as TinkerCAD
5 - Participants will learn about other 3D printer programs and online tutorials which are less known including 3DSlash and the free Tinkerine 3D printer classes.

Participants will create and leave with multiple 3D object files (.stl files) which may be printed later - on their own 3D printer.


Explore the design thinking process - watch short video about design thinking and the Design Problem Bank (10 minutes)

Explore 3 - 5 websites where users can find 3D objects relate to education which may be downloaded for later printing- such as historic artifacts objects from the Smithsonian Institute, or body parts from the National Institute of Health (10 minutes)

Create/customize an object for printing - from Thingiverse Customizer and CookieCaster (10 - 15 minutes)

Create a simple, entry level project in TinkerCAD - learning the tool if they are a new user (10 - 15 minutes)

Learn about other 3D printer programs and online tutorials - see/or try using 3DSlash and explore the free Tinkerine 3D printer class (10 minutes)

Participants will leave with one or more 3D object files (.stl files) which they created. These may be printed later on their own 3D printer.

Supporting research

Thirty-Five Percent of Engineering Jobs Now Require 3-D Printing Skills

Three Skills Students Can Learn From 3D Printers

3D Printing Requires a Whole Spectrum of Skills

Demand For 3D Printing Skills Is Accelerating Globally

Prepping Students for the Future with 3D Printing Skills

How 3D Printing is Reshaping Career Skills Students Need

Designers and Engineers Must Have 3D Printing Skill Now

6 Reasons for Integrating 3D Printing Into Your Classroom (video)

3D Printing- The Future Of Education (video)

So You’re a Teacher with a 3D Printer… Now What?

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Andy Mann, Muskegon Area Intermediate School Dist

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