A prototyping process to create 3D files that can then be printed to create physical, real, tactile objects



DESIGN TOOLS:
123d Design Free 3D design apps and 3D models, unlimited cloud storage, and access to 3D printing services.

TinkerCad An easy-to-use tool for creating digital designs. Lessons are available to teach the basics of modeling techniques.

Thingiverse A thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things.

Anim8or A 3D modeling and character animation program.

SketchUp A place with great tools for modeling and drawing. Helps bring K-12 lessons to life!

Shapesmith A website with parametric 3D modeling to quickly and easily modify models.

3DTin A simple user interface for 3D modeling beginners, which makes it great for students to use.

Blender A free and open source 3D animation suite that allows modeling, rigging, simulation, rendering, even game creation.

Shapeways A 3D printing marketplace and community. A place to make stuff, sell products, share ideas, and get feedback.

Ponoko A making system where people can buy, sell, and make. Great for the designer, the maker, and the buyer.

PRINTING:
Makerbot This company makes a variety of printers. Makerbot Academy wants to put 3D printers in every school in America.

Ultimaker Another company that makes 3D printers. Ultimaker uses the 3D printing software called Cura.

PrintCraft A 3D printing multi-player Minecraft server. Print your own Minecraft models.

ReplicatorG An open source 3D printing program that will drive your 3D printer.

Sculpteo Upload a 3D file or browse other designs. Users can buy, sell, and print.

DRAWING TOOLS:
3Doodler A affordable printing pen that does not need software or computers. Have fun drawing in the air!

Lix Pen The smallest printing pen in the world that allows you to write and draw in the air.
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WHY USE 3D DESIGN AND PRINTING FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES?
-Exposing students to a new technology and literacy that is used for design
-Supports the Design Thinking Process
-Students can learn resizing, measurement, and other mathematical practices by designing 3D prototypes
-3D design lets students be creative and problem solve through making!
-Connecting to content in a meaningful way

IDEAS OF WAYS TO CONNECT TO CONTENT:
Math- measurement and geometry
Reading- creating a design for a character from a book
Social Studies- creating mapping landmarks such as a mini Eiffel Tower
Economics- figuring out the price to create, sell, profit, etc.
Science- creating a functioning mechanism

Visit this Pinterest Page to get other ideas of lessons that use 3D design!

Check out The City X Project: an international education workshop

CREATE. MAKE. USE.
I designed a 3D file, now what?
Choose a tool to print the file and use the object you created!

What if I don't have access to a printer?
There are companies you can send your 3D files to that will print them for you.

Can I use my 3D file without printing it?
Absolutely!
Daqri 4D Studio is a platform used to design 4D experiences. 3D files can be used to enhance the 4D experience.

TIPS:
Print an object with a purpose. Make sure you have a tool or item that can be used. For example, a whistle, a stamp, a mini figure toy, something used to assist, etc. I challenge you to extend the use of your creation and repurpose it for other things. Get the most out of your creation!

Check out this inspiring story of a mother using 3D design and printing to it's full potential.

3D PRINTERS ARE EXPENSIVE. HOW DO I FUND AND GET MATERIALS?
Donors Choose and Indie Gogo are a great place to start. Both of these websites let you start a campaign to get educational materials for your students.

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WHAT ABOUT 4D PRINTING?
The potential future of 4D printing is quite an interesting idea. What if we were able to make our designs assemble themselves by just adding water?