In this training session, primary school teachers learnt about 3D printing before designing their own keyrings and braille blocks!
This week we introduced products and resources from the PrintLab Education Bundle to Primary School teachers in Salford, UK. The training session was hosted at St Andrew's Primary School with teachers who had no experience in 3D design or 3D printing. Let's take a look at how they got on...
After a quick introduction to what 3D printing is and how it is used, we challenged teachers to set up the EinStart-C 3D printers with no help from ourselves. Using step-by-step instructions from the PrintLab Education Handbook, they successfully set up the 3D printers, loaded materials and started a 3D print!
Next up was looking into slicing software, where we again challenged teachers to use only the instructions in the bundle manual, to prepare a 3D design for 3D printing. In this part of the session, teachers were introduced to high and low resolution settings as well as how to correctly orientate models for 3D printing.
Once 3D printed, we analysed the models and discussed how different resolution settings affected print time and surface quality.
In the next part of the session we went from a 2D image to a 3D print by using paint software. Each teacher created their own keyring, but in Adam's case he chose to create himself a guitar plectrum!
Here are the resulting 3D prints...
For the final part of session 1, we introduced teachers to one of the lesson plans from the PrintLab Education Bundle, which involves using Tinkercad software to create braille blocks of their initials.
We thought the teachers did an amazing job in creating their own models and we'd like to say a big thank you to each of them for participating, especially Joanne from St Andrew's Primary School for being helping us organise the session. In session 2 we'll be looking at 3D scanning and each teacher will also be designing and 3D printing a pavilion for their school, updates to follow!
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