Coding & Tech
So You Bought a 3D Printer, Now What? Getting the Most From a New 3D Printer
A new 3D printer is a maker's dream come true. During this FLEX class we will learn how to setup a new 3D printer, explore computer aided design CAD, share successful 3D prints & learn to troubleshoot common 3D printer problems. #creative
year old learners
learners per class
Over 4 weeks
No live meetings
Congratulations on joining the exciting world of 3D printer ownership! When I purchased my first 3D printer nearly a decade ago I was so excited about all of the 3D models that would decorate my office. One of my first prints, a Shrek tissue box, printed for over 10 hours until I heard a now very familiar clicking noise from my printer. It had clogged and was now missing the top 20% of the print. You know the old saying When life gives you lemons… make a pencil holder. The incomplete Shrek...
I have been 3D printing both in my middle school classroom and at home for nearly 10 years. My biggest challenge and experience came in the the Spring of 2020 when, like many, I felt powerless when it came to the Covid-19 Pandemic and wanted to find a way to help. When I saw on the news that PPE, especially face shields, were in short supply I found my calling. I worked with a group of fellow teachers to bring the 3D printers sitting dormant in our local schools to our houses to create our own “printer farms” capable of printing in mass quantities these desperately needed supplies. With 10 3D printers running in my office and the help of several students, we 3D printed and donated over 3500 face shields to nurses and doctors in need throughout the United States. This experience truly taught me the power that a group of makers can have to change the world.
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
Meet the teacher
If it's tech, I teach it. As long as I can remember computers and electronics of all kind were my passion. From my first computer, a Commodore 64 with 64k RAM to my current gaming/coding laptop, I have always been enthralled by the creativity and...