Custom 3D Containers – Design Process

Recently, the Middle School multimedia class worked through a 5 Step Design Process to create a custom 3D Container. Here is the process they have been working through over the past few weeks.Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 2.52.47 PM 3-4-17

We began the process by brainstorming ideas about containers that could meet a specific need for a specific audience.

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Students researched online to clarify their ideas by looking at other ways people may have designed a solution.

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 2.52.27 PM 3-4-17Next students developed a prototype for their idea. They began by building a life sized model using file folder cardboard. Students had to keep the size within 90 mm wide, long, and tall (to limit the amount of filament and time their design would require to print.) This step was trickier than it appeared at first because measurements needed to be precise. Sometimes it was hard to translate the ideas they had in their head into an actual model. Most of these models were fairly simple variations of a box.

Before moving into Tinkercad to begin their design in 3D, each student had to write a blog post explaining their idea. Classmates used comments to give feedback and to ask thoughtful questions that helped to clarify ideas. (You can view student blog posts here – search using “3D” to find the posts that relate to this project.)

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Then students then built their prototypes using the online Tinkercad website. We printed the beta version of their designs using our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 Ideabuilder printers.  Some designs failed to print successfully or were printed only part way when size or other issues appeared. Other designs needed revisions to better fit the objects they were supposed to contain or to address flaws in the designs. We held a class focus group for each printed design to help students evaluate and think about ways to improve their containers. Students wrote a second blog post documenting and evaluating their prototype.

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It really helped for students to be able to hold their design in their hand as they evaluated on their first version. Then students went back into Tinkercad and reworked their design to address flaws and difficulties. The second or third iteration of their designs showed thoughtful improvements. Students were also challenged to add a visual element to further customize their container. Many students used flaticon.com website to search for .svg files which could be uploaded into Tinkercad and added to their design. Here are a few examples of how student designs evolved:

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The last step in our Design Process was for students to write a final blog post to show their project, explain their revisions, and reflect on their process. Students did an excellent job discussing how they had improved their designs as well as thinking about areas they could still improve.

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Students were overwhelmingly positive about using this design process to create in 3D! They loved that they had freedom to come up with an idea and create it from scratch. They felt a sense of accomplishment and pride as they saw their containers evolve and improve. Their blog posts demonstrated evaluative thinking throughout the process  – all important 21st century skills!


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D40 printer for one year. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact https://3dprinter.dremel.com/education-request.  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!

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Dollar Store Design: Tinkercad Night Lights!

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One of the places I go for inspiration for 3D printing projects is the dollar store! I look for ideas of small items for which our students could create new design elements. In December the middle school multimedia class used Tinkercad to design their own custom night light cover for printing with our Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer.

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After students had viewed a few tutorials for Tinkercad and had some “playground” time just to explore, they began the design process. The first challenge was to design a base the would perfectly slide onto the night light. This involved a lot of real world measurement  and evaluative thinking (which I love).

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Each student ended up printing several iterations of their base design before they designed one that fit perfectly. The bases were pretty quick to print, so we wanted to make sure they were right before continuing. Since these students had already done several projects using the our Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, I was able to let them take charge of getting their files downloaded and ready to print, loading the filament, leveling the build plate, and starting the printing process. The onscreen directions on the control pad are easy enough for middle school students to follow on their own after being instructed on the process!

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Next step was designing a front for the night light.  One design was a Minecraft style face with holes for the eyes, nose, and mouth. The student used the tools available in Tinkercad to create shapes and holes.

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Another design used a reindeer .svg icon that was downloaded from the Flaticon website. This file was imported into Tinkercad and was used to cut out a shape into the front of the night light. One challenge in this design was trying to figure out a way to keep the nose and eyes connected to the cutout. (Unfortunately, my photo of the finished project is a bit blurry, but you get the idea.)

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The third design was a mermaid. This student could not find a .svg icon that she liked, so she decided to create her own. She used sharpie markers to draw her mermaid, photographed it with her iPad, and then downloaded it to her computer. She used an online converter to change the .jpg file to .svg which could then be imported into Tinkercad. Her design looked amazing when done! This student ended up taking her .stl file home to continue working on it in Tinkercad over vacation to get it to fit the night light better. She is fortunate that her dad has access to a 3D printer! I’m looking forward to seeing the revised design.

Teacher Notes: Tinkercad does not let you to create drawings or upload .jpg files, but it will upload .svg files. We used the following website to search for .svg files to use for this project. Black and white solid icon images work best. You will have to choose to download the file in .svg format.

http://www.flaticon.com/

If you want to create your own drawing or have a .jpg file that you wish to use, you can convert the file to .svg format. Here is the website that we used:

http://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-svg


Disclosure: I am delighted to have been named one of 10 Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors for the 2016/17 school year. Our school will have use of a Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer and will be developing and sharing lesson ideas.

As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D printer for one year.

If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact https://3dprinter.dremel.com/education-request.  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!

 

Vote for Southfield Christian to win Two 3D Printers!

Here is a fantastic opportunity for our school to win two 3D printers from Dremel. There is NO LOGIN REQUIRED to vote! Click the link below, then click vote. Look for Southfield Christian, then check the box to vote for us. Here is the link:

Link to Vote for Southfield Christian

You can vote once a day on each device that you own through December 26. Dremel will be giving these away to the schools that get the most votes!

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Thanks for your help! We’d appreciated it if you would share with others to vote for our school!

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Life Logo KeyChains Using Morphi, Pic Collage Kids, and the Dremel 3D40 Ideabuilder Printer

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Our sixth grade students recently designed “Life Logo” keychains to as a conclusion to our digital citizenship unit. Here is the Life Logo video which we used to introduce the lesson to the students:

Students used the Morphi app to design their keychains. I created a series of short tutorials on how to build the keychains in layers (base, decorations, text, and loop) which students used to self direct their learning of how to design in 3D. After printing the first version of their keychain, students examined their keychains for flaws and had the option to redesign and reprint. It was great to observe their iteration process as they worked on version 2.0.

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The students came up with a variety of creative designs for their logos. I liked that the Morphi app allowed them many ways that shapes, drawing, and text could be combined. Students found the design process challenging at times, but very satisfying and exciting  when they saw their end product! Our Dremel 3D40 IdeaBuilder Printer did a beautiful job rendering their designs.

morphi keychainsFinally, students designed a digital poster to show their key chain and explain their Life Logo using the free Pic Collage Kids app.

The digital posters included:

  • a large title with the words of your Life Logo
  • your first name (No last names! We cannot publish last names.)
  • a text box with 2 or 3 sentences sharing why you would choose that Life Logo to represent yourself online
  • proofreading of your text to make sure it makes sense and that capitals, punctuation, and spelling is correct!
  • a photo of your key chain
  • one or two pictures from the internet to help illustrate your logo (no copyrights)

Below is the tutorial video that shows how to use the Pic Collage Kids app.

Here is a gallery showing you all the Life Logo posters. Click on the thumbnail to view the poster full size:

I was very pleased with how this unit turned out. It was a great way to combine the design process with thoughtful reflection on digital citizenship.


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D printer for one year. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact https://3dprinter.dremel.com/education-request.  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!

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Animated Videos with our 3D Stanleys

greenscreenskellyWhile my students were designing and printing their 3D Stanleys using the Thingmaker app, we did some brainstorming on how we could use them for some kind of digital storytelling. One student asked if we could do stop motion animation. What a great idea! So the students came up with the idea of Alien Academy as the basis of their videos and gave each character a super power that could be used in school. (See their character profiles here.) After planning out a storyboard, they began using their iPads to film a clip for each scene. They ended up using a variety of apps to create their animations:

Green Screen by Do Ink

ChatterPix Kids (free) – create talking characters

Puppet Pals – create and record path animation

Lego Movie Maker – free easy app for stop motions

Pickayoo – for avatars

Background Eraser by HandyCloset – to create transparent objects for animation and layering. This is the easiest app I’ve found to quickly create a clean photo with a transparent background.

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After the students created all their clips and saved them to the photo album on their iPads, they transferred them to their computer and completed the editing in iMovie, adding transitions, titles, and sound effects. The students did a great job of editing their videos. Here are the videos and links to the student blogs where they explained and reflected on the process of building their projects.

About Ryan’s project with Skelly

About KC’s project with Lollita

About Dominic’s project with Wrench

Would you like one of these characters to visit your school? If you have a 3D printer, you can! Learn more about our 3D Stanley project here.



Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D printer for one year. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact https://3dprinter.dremel.com/education-request.  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!

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Help Our 3D Stanleys Travel the World!

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No more Flat Stanleys! For many years, thousands of students have sent paper “Flat Stanleys” on visits around the world as a part of global collaboration projects. But now, with a 3D printer, student created characters can travel the world simply by sharing a 3D file which could be printed by anyone around the world with a 3D printer!

Our class has created four 3D jointed characters using the free Thingmaker app (link for the Android version). We are looking for other classrooms with 3D printers who would be willing to print one of our characters and then share a photo (or even a story) showing that character visiting your classroom. (Photos could be shared via Twitter to @karlyb or via email to kbosch at southfieldchristian.org.)  The profiles and links for the 3D .stl files are below. I also am including some more detailed information on creating and printing the characters at the bottom of the post.

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Download file for SKELLY   Note: loads slowly! Click the refresh button and the files should pop up, then click the download arrow in the right corner to download the files.

 

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Download file for LOLLITA   Note: loads slowly! Click the refresh button and the files should pop up, then click the download arrow in the right corner to download the files.

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Download file for Wrench  Note: loads slowly! Click the refresh button and the files should pop up, then click the download arrow in the right corner to download the files.

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Download file for HAMMER   Note: loads slowly! Click the refresh button and the files should pop up, then click the download arrow in the right corner to download the files.

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

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Students used the free Thingmaker app to design their jointed characters. The interface is very simple to use. Students simply select and drag parts from the top right corner and join them together. They can use their finger to twist and move the figure around on the screen.

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The app creates a link to a webpage address where you can download all the parts in a zip file for printing.

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We printed the parts on our Dremel Ideabuilder 3D40 printer. Students are fascinated to watch the printer at work. It took between 4 and 5 hours to print each character.

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Here’s what the finished print looks like. Student had a great time assembling the parts together to make their characters. The fact that the characters are jointed and actually move is very engaging for students. They are very excited to move on to the next part of the project which is going to be creating animated stories featuring their characters. Stay tuned to see their videos!

(NOTE: We did have difficulty getting a few of the more complicated parts to print correctly and had to reprint a few individual parts a second time. Some parts needed to be rotated/flipped to get a more precise print.)


UPDATE: Here are posts related to others who have joined in the 3D Stanley Project:

Twiiter Hashtag: #3DStanley

Our Visit With Lollita (AKA 3D Stanley)Huge thank you to Jacqueline Prester and her students at Mansfield High School in Massachusetts who were the first people to join the project. Their pictures/tweets were so clever!

3D Stanley – Blogpost from Engage Their Minds about the project


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D printer for one year. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact https://3dprinter.dremel.com/education-request.  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!

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Life Logo Key Chains with the Dremel 3D IdeaBuilder Printer

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Over the summer, I received the exciting news that I had been named one of 10 Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors for the upcoming school year. Our school will have use of a Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer and will be developing and sharing lesson ideas. Since we are beginners at using the 3D printer, we started with a simple project where students made  “Life Logo” key chains as part of a digital citizenship unit.  In this post, I will share the steps for lesson, along with some resources that will help you replicate the lesson in your classroom if you wish.

Here is the Life Logo video which we used to introduce lesson to the students:

After viewing the video, students came up with an idea for their Life Logo. Then they used Dremel’s page of online customizers to design a key chain. This is a great starting project, because all students needed to do was customize a few easy features like the logo text. Once done, students clicked the button to download their designs. I collected the files using a shared drive we have set up in our computer lab (or you could use a flashdrive). Here is the link to the Dremel 3D Customiziers:

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After all the files were collected, I used the Autodesk Printstudio software to convert, resize, and arrange multiple key chains to print in the Dremel format. I was able to print 6 key chains at a time.  Here is the link where you can download the free Autodesk Printstudio Software:

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Students loved watching the files print on the Dremel Idea Builder!

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Finally, students designed a digital poster to show their key chain and explain their Life Logo using the free Pic Collage Kids app.

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Above is an example of what a Life Logo digital poster might look like. Their digital poster was  to include:

  • a large title with the words of your Life Logo
  • your first name (No last names! We cannot publish last names.)
  • a text box with 2 or 3 sentences sharing why you would choose that Life Logo to represent yourself online
  • proofreading of your text to make sure it makes sense and that capitals, punctuation, and spelling is correct!
  • a photo of your key chain
  • one or two pictures from the internet to help illustrate your logo (no copyrights)

Below is the tutorial video that shows the students how to use the Pic Collage Kids app.

Finally, our digital posters were done. Here is a gallery of the projects. Click on an image to see it full sized.

This was a great way to begin digital printing because it let the students quickly print a project without having to learn complex design tools. (That’s our next step!) It added a concrete element to our lessons and discussion on digital citizenship and gave students something they could take with them to remind them of the lessons they’d learned!


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D printer for one year. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact https://3dprinter.dremel.com/education-request.  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!

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Unboxing the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Printer

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Over the summer, I received the exciting news that I had been named one of 10 Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors for the upcoming school year. Our school will have use of a Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer along with 10 spools of filament as a part of this program. Over the past year or so, I have been following how Steve Dickie, Steve Clark, and Anthony Johnson have been using 3D printers with their students and have been inspired by the creative learning experiences they have shared. I have never used a 3D printer, so I can’t wait to start exploring and learning along side of our students.

Our printer arrived yesterday, and I was excited to take a look at it! Here are some unboxing photos!

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Our students are going to love having different colors of filament to use in their designs!

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One of the things that I am planning to do is to explore ways to merge collaborative writing with 3D printing. Think Flat Stanley goes 3D Digital! Here is my application video which will let you see a few of my ideas on how I hope to use the printer:

My students and I are so blessed to have this opportunity to learn new things and share with others! Stay tuned to follow our 3D learning journey!