3D DESIGN & 3D PRINTING SOLUTIONS

FOR BUSY STEM TEACHERS

If you are wanting to introduce 3D Design and 3D Printing into your classroom, you've come to the right place.  I know it can be a little bit intimidating at first; I felt the same way when I first started a couple of years ago. But in no time, you'll be helping your students create amazing designs and you'll be so happy you decided to learn and share this skill with your students. 

Just press PLAY, and let the video lessons guide your student through 16 weeks of 3D Design & 3D Printing FUN! 

 

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$75.00

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Level: Elementary & Middle School

Duration: 16 weeks

 

DESCRIPTION

 

This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of 3D Design for elementary and middle school students. Students work on hands-on projects and learn how to use Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to create their designs. They are introduced to 3D printers and learn how to export their files to bring their designs to life.

 

ORGANIZATION

 

This course is designed to be completed in 16 weeks. It includes 13 weeks of Lessons and Exercises in video format and 3 weeks for the final Project. The Lessons are designed to introduce students to the various topics included in this course. Exercises allow students to apply what they learned in the Lessons and create a design. The Project at the end of the course allows students to complete comprehensive designs with limited instructions. This basic CAD course assumes no previous design experience or training.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

 

Students in this course learn to:

     ● Combine building blocks to create shapes

     ● Move, rotate and adjust shapes freely in space

     ● Group together a set of shapes to create detailed models

     ● Export files for 3D printing 

STEAM Skills Development:

     ● Creativity

     ● Analytical and Spatial Thinking

     ● Problem Solving

     ● Technical Design

     ● Project Planning

 

COURSE TOPICS

 

     1.   Getting Started/User Interface.

     2.   Shape Properties/Copy/Paste/Duplicate/Group.

     3.   Using Holes to Subtract Volume.

     4.   The Align and Mirror Commands.

     5.   The Workplane and the Ruler.

     6.   Importing/Exporting Files, and 3D Printing.

 

MATERIALS & REQUIRED SUPPLIES

This course requires access to the Internet, a computer or laptop, and a mouse. Access to a 3D printer is recommended but not required.

$75.00

THE 3D PRINTING PROCESS

There are 4 basic steps required in the 3d printing process:

1. Create a 3D Model File

2. 'Slice' the model

3.  3D Print the file

4.  Post-Processing

1. Create a 3D Model File 

There are many different software programs available to help you design and create a 3D model. 

I like Tinkercad for elementary, SketchUp for middle school, and Fusion 360 for high school. 

There are hundreds of free YouTube tutorials for each one of these programs.  I think a good way to learn is to watch a few of these tutorials and then just begin practicing.  But if you want to reduce the learning curve, you can learn at the same time as your students by following our Online Course.  Our Online Course consists of easy to follow videos that will walk you and your students from zero to creating anything you can imagine in just a few weeks! 

2. 'Slice' the model 

Once you finish your design, you'll want to save the file.  This 3d model file will then be ready to be converted into code that the 3d printer can understand.  To do this, we use a 'slicer' software program.  There are many free slicer programs available for download, but I recommend you use the one recommended by your 3d printer's manufacturer.  For example, if you are going to be using an XYZ davinci printer, you should use the XYZ slicer. 

3. 3D Print the file

Once you have the code file, the 3D printer will be able to read your design and begin the production process.  The model is created one layer at a time.  Depending on the size of the model, this could take minutes or hours.

4. Post-Processing

Some prints require some post-processing.  This includes things like removing supports material, sanding, and just cleaning up the print in general. 

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FOR EDUCATORS

INTRO TO 3D DESIGN & 3D PRINTING

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