Dremel 3D40 Idea Maker 3D Printer : Hands On
Dec01

Dremel 3D40 Idea Maker 3D Printer : Hands On

3D Printers have been getting more popular in the last few years, as the price has dropped enough to make them a sensible purchase for schools and the home. I’ve already documented our initial journey into 3D printing last year with a printer that we built from a kit. I’ve recently been approached by Dremel to see if I wanted to try out their new Dremel 3D40 Ideas Maker printer, so here’s how I got on. The Techie Bit...

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Morphi – Design Models for 3D Printing on an iPad
Jun08

Morphi – Design Models for 3D Printing on an iPad

Morphi is a 3D modelling app for all where children can create 3D models on an iPad which can then be sent to a 3D Printer to be turned into a real object. The Morphi app contains all the tools you’d expect from 3D modelling software – add shapes and text then combine them to gradually produce your 3D object. A few examples are provided so you can see what’s possible. Pinching and zooming to move about the canvas...

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3D Printing for KS1 with Purple Mash 2Design and Make
Jan14

3D Printing for KS1 with Purple Mash 2Design and Make

If you haven’t seen it before, Purple Mash is 2Simple’s creative online space for primary school teachers and learners. It is a cross-curricula resource packed with open-ended creative tools and themed curriculum resources. Many of the tools are brilliant for very young children, and give them an easy route into being creative using technology. One of the many tools inside Purple Mash is called 2Design and Make. This lets...

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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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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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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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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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Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Day 6
Aug06

Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Day 6

This is the sixth 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. After an unscheduled hiatus while we waited for a replacement part, here we are back with the next part of our 3D printer build. We hit a problem when installing the X-Y rods as one of our rods was too wide, so after...

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Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Day 5
Jul27

Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Day 5

Part 5 of our 3D Printer build. In this part of our printer assembly, we: Installed bearings and bearing caps for the bearings which will allow the X and Y axis rods to rotate smoothly Assembled the X-Y carriage rod clamps Began mounting the X and Y axis rods into the printer and installing pulleys and belts   Time for this step: 2 hours Total build time: 11 hours 50 minutes This is the fifth stage of our 3D printer kit build....

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Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Part 4
Jul22

Adventures in 3D Printing : Build Part 4

This is the fourth 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. In this part of our printer assembly, we: finished tidying up the cables mounted the power supply assembled the print head Time for this step: 2 hours Total build time: 9 hours 50 minutes The first order of business...

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