Students with Visual Impairments

by antonaccid

Dimitrios Vogias (Feelform) recently posted his Map of the USA for the Blind (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3496053). It reminded of a conversation I had with a blind student. While handling a 3D-printed stapes bone (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3667), the student exclaimed, "Oh, that's what a stapes looks like!"

What are some ways 3D printing might assist our students with visual impairments?

Map of USA for the Blind
Human ossicles (ear bones) ~10X
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Find and Share Educational Objects

by antonaccid

If you find an object that might be useful to other educators, please post a comment about it here. Maybe include a link to the object and a few thoughts about how and why it might be useful for teaching and learning.

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Educational Prizes and Rewards

by antonaccid

When I taught high school chemistry, we played an Inorganic Bingo game I developed for learning nomenclature of inorganic compounds. I also awarded small prizes, like candy and baseball cards, to make it a little more fun. Also, at the end of my presentations on Using 3D Printing for Teaching and Learning, I hand out some small 3D printed objects, like a ring or bookmark, first to people who asked the most questions or made the most comments, and eventually to everyone. We all like a surprise gift once in a while, especially a 3D object.

I usually limit prizes to small objects that print quickly (e.g., one gram of filament or less, prints in 5 minutes or less). What are some cool, small Thingiverse objects that might be good prizes for students and other audience members?

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Educational Dice Games

by antonaccid

minipark posted a Customizable Dice (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2188139) that I used to create this Word Game (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2195386).

His dice tool accepts multiple characters, as well as special characters, such as ≥ (Alt, 242).

What are some ideas for other educational dice games (e.g., order of operations or common ions)? Or better yet, create and post an educational dice game for us all to enjoy.

Customizable Dice
Word Dice Game
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Survey for makers on new industrial revolution&makers movement

by dalia_ge

Dear makers,

I'd like to kindly ask you to contribute with your time and your opinions to my survey on http://survey.gregor-design.eu/

As part of my research internship, I am working on the subject of the new industrial revolution, third places, digital manufacturing and their effect on our lives, on education, on work, on architecture and their capabilities. to produce social innovation.

I am putting it here because considerable part of the study is focused on education.

In this study, I try to find an answer to the following areas of questions:
Who is the maker?
What are his/hers motives ?
How does he/she see the present and the future?
This movement, is it viable?
Does this have the potential to reshape our society?

THANK YOU very much!!

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Teaching and Learning Solid Geometry

by antonaccid

Some students struggle understanding and visualizing solid geometry. Models can help. Although low-cost models exist for basic shapes and more expensive models are available for some complex shapes, the Thingiverse provides some 3D-printable objects for only the cost of printing. Plus, 3D-printed objects have a motivating cool-factor, which is Gagne's first--and often overlooked--event of instruction (i.e., Gain Attention and Interest).

Tad Novak (tadman1996) and bbennington both posted two good sets of basic shapes:

Kyle Martin (KyleMiles) also posted an ellipsoid and paraboloid:

Are you aware of other objects that could be useful for teaching and learning about solid geometry?

Any other teaching approaches for this topic (e.g., Kinesthetic Math or Tactile Learning) that might benefit from 3D-printed learning objects?

Elementary Geometric Shape Set
Math Shapes!
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Using BlocksCAD in the Classroom

by BlocksCAD

BlocksCAD is a web-based 3D CAD tool that uses a scratch-like interface. It is simple-to-use with robust design capabilities. The tool incorporates programming and math concepts so users learn as they create! While it is easy enough to use in an elementary school classroom, the more advances functions (like modules, variables, and loops) can challenge high school and college students. It is a great tool to help with geometry, Cartesian planes, and high level math and engineering!

For more information, see: https://www.blockscad3d.com/

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Printing Bones without Supports

by antonaccid

Search on "skeleton" in the Thingiverse, and you'll find lots of bones, mostly for Halloween. Although I've found some good educational bone specimens on the Thingiverse, most require printing with supports and lots of clean-up. Do you have some suggestions for reducing or eliminating supports when printing intricate objects? For example, you can orient the object along its tallest axis and sometimes that change will reduce the amount of supports.




BodyParts3D Hand Skeleton
Foot_Right Human Skeleton
by profguy
Humerus_Right Human Skeleton Upper Arm Bone
by profguy
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Tips for Printing Spheres?

by antonaccid

Despite my best efforts with rafts and supports, the bottoms of spherical objects always flatten and distort for me. Any tips for printing spheres?

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