Archive for January 30, 2017

Snowflakes in 3D: with the Morphi app and our Dremel 3D Printers

3D Snowflakes

Last week the 3D graders created these gorgeous 3D snowflake designs which we printed with our Dremel 3D printers. We recently received 2 more Dremel 3D20 printers thanks to their #LearnMakeGive contest in December. It took us under a week to print 50 detailed designs.

3D snow step1

STEP ONE: We began by creating our “snowflakes” on our iPads using the Mandalas Free app. Students drew their symmetrical designs on a white background with a black line using the “Spiral 6” setting. The snowflake drawings were saved to the camera roll. Most students created several designs. The designs were detailed and each one was unique, just like snowflakes!

3D snow step2

STEP 2: We used the paid version of the Morphi Edu app on our iPads to turn the drawings into 3D. Students used the drawing tool and uploaded their snowflake picture into the app. There was a black border around the snowflake design that students needed to erase. Most students also added a loop at the top of their snowflake so they could hang it. Finally they hit the 3D button! The snowflake drawing magically turned into 3D!

snowflake printing

Miss Bosch helped the students make the snowflakes a bit thinner and made sure they were flat on the grid surface. Then students emailed their .stl 3D file to Miss Bosch. She did some final preparation on the files before printing them using our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 printers. Having 3 printers available was amazing – even though each snowflake took over an hour to print, we were able to get them all printed in less than a week!

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! The students have used their snowflakes to inspire some creative writing about the “Secret Life of Snowflakes!” Next week they are going to change their 3D snowflakes into talking animated videos to tell their stories. Stay tuned to see/hear their videos!

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  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!