Need to Know...
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1. Watch videos to learn about the amazing field of 3D printing and show your understanding by answering questions
2. Learn about our Zortrax printer and make a "product" highlighting safety.
3. Find a predesigned sketch and print an item to learn how the Zortrax works.
4. Design your own sketch using TinkerCad and try a print.
5. If time permits, try Google Sketchup.
6. Create your own 3D Project
Tools You Will Need
1. Your Computer
2. Zortrax 3D Printer
3. Zortrax Software - Z Suite
4. TinkerCad Software
Detailed Learning Modules
1. A Primer on 3-D Printing - Research & Learning
a. Watch the following videos and take notes as you watch - you will be answering questions after viewing.
i) Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing
ii) 17 Incredible 3-D Printed Objects
iii) 3-D Printing in Action
iv) 3-D Printed Chocolate
v) 3-D Printed Foods
vi) 3-D Printed Cars
b. Answer the following questions IN YOUR OWN
WORDS. Neatly hand write on paper. This should be
included in your final project.
2. Get to Know our 3-D Printer: The Zortrax
a. Read about our Zortrax
Printer from the company
b. Watch the Zortrax in
c. Bookmark the Zortrax
d. Download ZSuite to your
e. Go over Safety Feature Here and this Common Mistakes Video. Then, with Mrs. Davis. CREATE a "physical product" listing/explaining safe 3-D printing.
3. Your First Print
a. See this list of fast print products and select your first item
to print form thingiverse.
b. Download the necessary files and import into your Z-Suite
software. Prepare to print. Check Length of print time.
Print time must be less than 1 hour 30 minutes.
c. Have Mrs. Davis show you how to download the
necessary files to a SD card and insert into the machine.
d. Pick your filament color. Read about Zortrax filament
e. To add to your final project, make your own quick chart of
f. UNDER SUPERVISION
You must stay after school (you can do HW) and set the
3-D printer up in the science lab under the ventilation
hood (until our 3-D vented print enclosure arrives). Print
your product. Work with Mrs. Davis to start the print,
check every 15 minutes, and work with Mrs. Davis to
remove your print from the printer when finished.
7. Complete your printed object by filing, sanding, priming
and painting. (material in Make-it Space)
4. 3-D Printing Software 1 Basic - TinkerCad
a. Create an account at TinkerCad - a simple online 3D
design and printing app.
b. Watch this very beginner tutorial.
c. Take some time to create your own design - save it and
check your print time. Work with Mrs. Davis on when you
can print this.
d. You may want to check out this video on how to turn
2-D pictures into 3-D Objects.
Further Exploration - If Time Permits
1. Create a Cookie Cutter
2. Experiment with Moving parts
Check out this downloadable file from thingiverse to create a multi-piece turtle or design your own multi-piece object. Work with Mrs. Davis on when you can print this. You will need SUPERVISION when you print this.
3. 3-D Printing Software 2 - Google Sketchup
a. Download SketchUp Make (used to be Google Sketchup). Make sure you signup for the free version - as a student.
b. Watch this beginner's tutorial on using sketch for 3-D printing. The end is different because we have a different 3D printer.
You will need to download the Sketchup STL extension to save the file as an STL.
Sketchup Tutorials Page
3D printing with Sketchup Tutorial
c. Create your own model and print it after school - UNDER SUPERVISION
1. Following the class project specifications, create Your own CREATIVE 3-D Printing project. Your project should have a purpose, solve a problem, or be multiple pieces. If needed, you may get ideas from project books in the classroom, or from the internet. All ideas or help not your own need to be documented.
Hints: Don't get in over your head! Watch your time.
2. Create a TableTop display highlighting your project and what you have learned. Include all the pictures/questions/products you have
created. ADD ANY OTHER items/information that you deem appropriate to make the project complete.
3. Be prepared to present your project according to class specifications.