3D Printing Where to begin.

Most campuses have a 3D printer, either in the Learning Commons area (Library), or in a Technology Education
classroom. 3D printing is exciting and students want to design and print, quickly.  We need to help them realize that not all "creations" need, nor can, be printed.  Glenhope Elementary has come up with a great process for students who would like to print a 3D object/creation.  Students must submit a persuasive letter explaining why they would like to use the 3D printer.   More information can be found at: http://gatorzread.weebly .com/3d-printing-ideas.html
Thank you Terri Freyou, Glenhope Elementary Librarian, for letting me share with everyone!!

Safety precautions/instructions for printing. 
Depending on the type of 3D printer you have, you may want to have a sign/poster indicating safety precautions and/or instructions for printing. A few examples may be:
1. Never print without teacher/librarian permission
2. Make sure that object/creation fits within the constraints of the machine.
3. Do not touch print nozzle, etc.
Instructions
1. Link to the website if you have instructions students must follow to have permission to print. (as mentioned above, Glenhope Elementary.)
2. Indicate the object/creation size restrictions for your 3D printer.
3. Who/where to send completed TinkerCad file.
4. Timeframe for object to be completed/printed.

What software should my students use? 
TinkerCad.com is probably the most popular for younger students.  (Students under the age of 13 can use TinkerCad, but they must use a code from the teacher to do so.  The code will allow the teacher to view all their creations and students do not have to enter an email address to sign up. Click here for more information.)
AutoDesk 123D is another free 3D creation site that may be more suited for older students.

Lesson Ideas for beginners.
SeeMeCNC launched a 3D printing curriculum (this article is from 2014) which does have slide presentations, videos, and lesson plans to help introduce 3D printing.  One example is a Print Reading Exercise.  Students are also asked questions about the specifications of the object.  After completion, they can then create the object in TinkerCad.  (Maybe the top design can be printed.)This is just an example.  Their curriculum is geared towards a specific 3D printer so some of the information may not apply.  But it does help generate ideas for lessons.  Let students have an opportunity to just play with TinkerCad.  You will be amazed at their creations!

Created using TinkerCad!
Other sites to visit:
http://3dprintingforbeginners.com/

https://www.makerbot.com/replicator/






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