Amy’s 3D Printer Presentation

  • Common printing object is a small Pikachu
  • You cannot just send an image, it will take parts at a time and then come together
  • 3D printing from the University of Victoria is not expensive, only 0.10/gram
  • This is good for the classroom as you can make custom manipulatives as well as print things out in order to cater to those who may have difficulties working with the initial class moduals (ie. Looking at pictures may be difficult for people with bad eyesight but if you print out a 3D object from the image could allow the student to feel the picture instead and get an idea of what they are studying
  • Thingiverseis a great sight for 3D printing
  • Thingiverseeven has an entire section for education and gives you choices as to what you will be trying to teach
  • Thingiverseeven gives lesson plans according to what you are teaching (some even have assessment portions)
  • Thingiversehas a creative commons licence so it is legal to use
  • Shell and infill are the parts of the 3D models
  • There are multiple settings that are of different speeds that will either look more realistic and show less lines or be faster, a bit rougher and show lines (if you would like something fast and rough, print it where you can see lines; some may take around 3 weeks for others)
  • Put object in hot water and the filament comes off
  • Prints can make things that look like they are interlocked (ie. Chain) but actually come out as one piece
  • If there are brittle things that you would not want students to touch in case they break, you can make a plastic 3D model so they can touch it, get the same experience but not be able to break it. 
  • You can even print out geography 
  • Common mistakes
    • Almost everything is printed onto a base plate (need to know that)
    • Warping because the first class is hot plastic, second is hot plastic onto cold plastic can cause warping. 
  • Download TinkerCAD
  • This will be used in classes in the future. Technology is working quickly and there has been a lot of improvements to the technology even in the past year
  • We can build tissue or even ears now. Can grow an organ from the model by putting stem cells around it and then allowing the specific person to have the transplant. By putting the individuals stem cells around the 3D model will reduce the change of complications in a transplant
  • You can make prosthetics from the 3D printers
  • It is good for students to get used to this technology because it will be used a lot in the future
  • Resources to get started on 3D printing
    • TinkerCAD
    • MakerBot Print
    • Thingiverse
  • My Thoughts 
    • I would love to use 3D printing in the classroom but am unsure of my technology skills and my ability to navigate the machines. I hope to learn more about them using Amy’s great resources and eventually be able to use it on my own. Many of my friends are engineers and I may use them as a source to teach me how to use the printer and the different ways to create objects that may need less or more finesse. I know that there are 3D printers that you can buy on your own but many are very expensive so I would likely use a public one. I am aware that there are 3D printers of a lesser price that are used to create rougher objects (my friend has one in his house of which he uses to create Catan pieces and pieces for other board games that have gone missing for some reason) but I would likely not use it enough for it to be worth buying for myself. I am glad that UVic has the resources for me to use and learn about these printers to that, maybe, one day I will be confident in my skills to be able to print off objects that I could use as an educational source in my classroom. 
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