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I Have a 3D Printer - Now What?

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Wednesday, December 2, 3:00–4:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Andy Mann  
Begin with 3D printer basics, such as finding objects to print and design, slicing, and printing objects. We'll dive into Tinkercad and Thingiverse Customizer, Sculptfab, and discuss how you can teach design-thinking skills to create objects to solve a problem. Explore lesson plan libraries & free 3D printer tutorials.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
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 without an account.


Thingiverse (Account required to use and save files with the customizer)

3D Slash (account required to save)

Topic: Maker activities & 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 select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.

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 Cookie Caster

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, Sculptfab, and the free Tinkerine 3D printer classes.


Learn the printing process from finding or designing an object, slicing, and printing (10 minutes)

Explore resources to help them learn about 3D printing from free training courses to downloadable books (5 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 (15 minutes)

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

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

Learn about other 3D printer programs such as 3DSlash, Sculptfab, and Terrain2STL (20 minutes)

Next steps and wrap up - what are they excited to try (5 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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