Adventures in 3D Printing : First Prints
Aug31

Adventures in 3D Printing : First Prints

So after 18 or so hours of assembly, updating the firmware, and levelling the build platform, we’re finally ready to print our first object! The object we chose was a simple demo file provided by Velleman, a Vertex printer logo keyring. I will cover 3D printing software in a bit more detail in a forthcoming post, but to give a little background, there are usually 2 or 3 different software packages involved in producing a 3D...

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Hack your iPad with The Everything Machine App
Aug28

Hack your iPad with The Everything Machine App

The Everything Machine is a rather cool maker app that allows children to create simple instructions to hack the sensors in your iPad to create something much more fun. Using the simple visual programming language it’s possible to combine your device’s camera, microphone, speakers, gyroscope, and screen to make a light, a stop-motion camera, a kaleidoscope, a voice disguiser, a cookie thief catcher, or anything else you can...

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Create Creatures for 3D Printing with 123D Tinkerplay
Aug27

Create Creatures for 3D Printing with 123D Tinkerplay

Autodesk Tinkerplay is a free app that lets you design and customize your own creatures and characters on your mobile device and make them real using a 3D printer. There are versions of the app for Windows, iPads and Android devices. You can choose from the supplied collection of professionally designed character templates or create your own model from scratch. Once the model has been designed, the app will produce a plan for printing...

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Project Shapeshifter : Create Complex 3D Printed Shapes
Aug23

Project Shapeshifter : Create Complex 3D Printed Shapes

Project Shapeshifter provides an easy way to create complex 3D models in your web browser. Simply tweak the various sliders to  control the object’s shape. Although designed for investigating shapes for 3D printing, this site could also be of use to Maths teachers who want to explore different types of 3D shape with their students. It’s a free tool, so just visit the Project Shapeshifter site and explore!  ...

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Adventures in 3D Printing : Calibration and Loading Filament
Aug20

Adventures in 3D Printing : Calibration and Loading Filament

In the previous blog post, we completed the assembly of our 3D printer. We’re almost ready to print, but there’s a few final bits and pieces we need to do in preparation first. In this blog post we will walk through: Updating the printer firmware Calibrating the Z axis and levelling the build platform Loading filament Before using the printer for the first time, we needed to check that the firmware was the latest version,...

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Get Animated with the Hue HD Animation Studio
Aug19

Get Animated with the Hue HD Animation Studio

Hue Animation Studio contains everything that a budding animator needs to start creating stop motion animation videos. The pack includes a USB camera, animation software and book of ideas to get you started. The HUE HD USB camera is a flexible plug and play camera with built-in microphone. The HUE camera is perfect for stop motion animation, as well as for taking still pictures and recording real-time videos. It can even be used as a...

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Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Day 8
Aug17

Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Day 8

This is part 8 of our 3D Printer build. In this part of our printer assembly, we: Completed assembly of the Z stage Mounted the build platform Levelled the print bed Time for this step: 2 hours Total build time: 17 hours 50 minutes This is the eighth and final stage of our 3D printer kit build. For the background to the project and details of the kit we are using, take a look at the introductory page here, or click here to see all our...

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Sphero releases SPRK Edition ball and new Coding App
Aug12

Sphero releases SPRK Edition ball and new Coding App

Sphero have released a new version of their Sphero ball – SPRK (Schools – Parents – Robots – Kids). The SPRK ball is the same as the Sphero 2.0 but it has a clear shell. Alongside this new version, they’ve also released a new SPRK coding app. The App works with the new Sphero SPRK Edition but also with the older Sphero 2.0 and uses a block-based building structure that will be familiar to any teacher...

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Mirror your device onto an interactive whiteboard with AirServer v3
Aug10

Mirror your device onto an interactive whiteboard with AirServer v3

AirServer turns your Windows PC into a universal mirroring receiver, allowing you to mirror iPads and other devices using AirPlay and Miracast simultaneously to the same screen. I’ve written about it before, and it’s a very good way of getting your iPad onto your whiteboard for a lot less than buying an Apple TV. It is now possible to mirror an iPhone, iPad, Surface, Windows Phone or Android devices that support AirPlay...

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Plotagon – A free animation app for the iPad
Aug07

Plotagon – A free animation app for the iPad

Plotagon is a free iOS app that lets you create impressive animations on an iPad. It works in a very similar way to websites such as GoAnimate and Xtranormal. Create different characters, put them into scenes and write the dialog. The computer then generates the speech from the text. The app is free but it does have in-app purchases, which may deter some teachers from using it. However there is an education version available which has...

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Program a Sphero or a Drone with the Tickle iPad App
Aug07

Program a Sphero or a Drone with the Tickle iPad App

Tickle is a very cool app that lets you create code to control the Sphero Robotic Ball, Sphero Ollie, Parrot Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo mini drones and more – all wirelessly from an iPad. The app uses a similar structure to Scratch – simply drag and drop the modular blocks to make your Sphero roll around a maze or your parrot drone to flip about in mid air.  You can even use it to program an Arduino wirelessly and build...

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Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Day 7
Aug06

Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Day 7

Part 7 of our 3D Printer build In this part of our printer assembly, we: cut and installed the filament feed tubes mounted the Z stage Time for this step: 2 hours Total build time: 15 hours 50 minutes This is the seventh stage of our 3D printer kit build. For the background to the project and details of the kit we are using, take a look at the introductory page here, or click here to see all our posts about this project. The first...

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