A beginners guide to 3D printing

I recently did some 3D printing with my class.

It is much easier than you might first think!

The children started off by using a free program called Blender (download it by clicking here).  This allows you to create 3D models.

Firstly, we showed the children some ways to add shapes, planes and 3D objects – then we let them have an experiment with the software in pairs.  There are many great ‘beginner’ YouTube videos you can show these to your pupils. We went for one which explained the steps to create a robot (there are 3 videos in the series):

 

Teaching tip: In the 3rd and final video, it explains how to set up the model; ready to be 3D printed.  Highlight these points to the class:

Check the model carefully – everything must be joined and aligned correctly.
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