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:
Dremel 3D Customizers
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:
Dremel/Autodesk Printstudio Download
Students loved watching the files print on the Dremel Idea Builder!
Finally, students designed a digital poster to show their key chain and explain their Life Logo using the free Pic Collage Kids app.
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!