The third graders recently worked on a 3D design project. They used 6 point symmetry in the Morphi app to create these gorgeous 3D snowflakes which we printed out on our Dremel 3D printers.
Students began in Morphi by using the free draw tool. They turned on the axis and then used the + sign to add 6 lines of symmetry. Their designs were each as unique as real snowflakes are!
By simply tapping the 3D button, the line drawings convert into 3D! This definitely is a WOW moment for the students! Then students used the “doughnut” shape to add a loop to the top of their snowflake to make it easy to hang their snowflake.
The snowflakes were printed with our Dremel 3D printers. They look amazing!
A few hints if you try this project:
Adjust the line size and make it slightly thicker. The thin lines are fragile when they print and often break.
Be sure all lines connect on your snowflake or pieces will fall off the printed snowflake.
Designs that are very complex sometimes will not print successfully.
If your design gets too large, parts will be chopped off and your snowflake will not be round.
The Morphi app comes in a free and paid EDU version. You will need the paid version to use the drawing tool. The drawing tool is amazing and allows you to create custom 3D designs.
I did make the designs larger using the Print Studio software that comes with the Dremel Printers while I was preparing the files for printing. You could also adjust the size in Morphi, but doing this step later simplified the project for the students.
Recently, the 2nd graders had their first experience with 3D design for our 3D printer. We used the Morphi Edu app to create our characters.
After drawing and coloring in our characters, students tapped on the 3D button which magically converted the drawings into a 3D shape. The files were emailed to Miss Bosch who prepared them and sent them to the 3D printer.
Our Dremel 3D printers have been busy printing the characters out in white filament!
Here are a few examples of what our crazy characters look like after they have been printed.
The second graders will be using Sharpie markers to color their crazy characters. They are also writing stories to go along with our characters. We will be turning our characters and stories into an eBook which we will be publishing to iTunes!