Archive for the ‘3D Printers’ Category

Girls and Beginning a 3D Printer Project

April 25, 2018

How can students conceptualize a design for a 3D printer? Cransbrook Middle School for Girls (Michigan) began with playdough.  For girls this is especially important.  According to Science:  Human Body and Mind, “Studies show that, on average, men are better than women at mentally rotating pictures of three dimensional objects (the 3D shapes task).”  The girls may have been better able to create their designs using playdough perhaps because their skills lean towards creating the initial objects physically rather than mentally.


Watch the students create, initiate and complete their 3D designs at

Read one study about the difference between girls and boys brains at


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How can we be inspired by 3D printing?

April 11, 2018

Some of our students wanted to see what other youth were creating on their 3D printers so they decided to make a presentation for the class.  Using SMART Notebook software, they showed how 3D printing is helping kids and what students are creating.  They embedded a video and showed part of it so that everyone could see how 3D printing could change a kid’s life.  This brought tears to my eyes!

Then they showed some innovative designs such as a dishwasher, and they linked to an article about a student who designed a test strip disposal unit for diabetics.  This boy who is only 12, won $1000 and now has sold 1000 3D printed units at $10 AUD each.  With our Dremel 3D printer, we all decided that we would like to design projects that fill a need or could potentially help others.


Check out the video & articles!

Changing a kid’s life:

3D Printed Dishwasher:

Test strip holder:


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Our 3D Printer is Put to Use

March 28, 2018

We are just getting used to using our Dremel 3D printer.  At first we printed objects we found online but because they hoped to learn more, several students said that they wanted to create their own designs.  There are many 3D creation programs available such as Tinkercad, Vectory and Shapeways but we chose to buy a few copies of Sketchup for students which is only $49 (US/CAD)!

Try the free version of Sketchup first to see if it suits your needs.   Some of the students had previous experience with the program and others were real risk takers and figured things out.  Over the next few weeks, the more skilled students worked with those who were less knowledgeable so most people were able to design something.   It was great to see the students (and their teacher) so focused and excited!


find 3D files at Thingiverse:

free version of sketchup:  At the top of the page, click on Learn for the tutorials.

buy Sketchup for students:


Happy Learning!

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3D Printing Challenges

January 11, 2017

We have been excited about trying out our 3D printer but we were unsure how to involve students in using this new technology.  Searching online we found some worthy projects for students.  Future Engineers ( has several challenges a year.  The most recent is a challenge to “create a digital 3D model of an object that could be used by an astronaut to maintain physical health on a 3-year mission to Mars.”  There is a description of the problem and a challenge to consider the design of the item.  American students can enter their design in an online contest and you can see some of their submissions and winners in the Future Engineers gallery.

Stratasys offers a white paper that describes seven 3D printing challenges including designing a game controller and creating a source of hydro power.  This paper also describes “managing 3d print projects for optimal learning”.  Find this paper at

Let me know if you find other great sources for 3D printing ideas and I will credit your submission and share these resources with our readers.


Happy Learning!

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