Category Archive: Design

Easy 3D Design with Clipart

Creating quick 3D models is an essential skill for any educator with a 3D printer. Luckily it is easy to create 3D designs using 2D clipart. The secret is to use vector based clipart files… Continue reading

3DP Inking Einstein

Quick timelapse video of the process of inking a 3D Print of Cosmo Wenman’s scan of  Albert Einstein sculpture by Jacob Epstein, 1933. The 3D model can be found at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:51501 Learn more about… Continue reading

Ink Your 3D Prints

Add color to your 3D prints using alcohol based inks. This simple technique quickly turns a plain plastic print into a colorful piece of art. There are a number of techniques for adding color to 3D… Continue reading

Tic Tac Box Challenge

Challenge: Make something to turn a Tic Tac box into something new then share your design with the world. Yesterday, I finished a box of Tic Tac Mixers (Cherry Cola flavored of course) and was about… Continue reading

Makerspace Design Criteria

I provided input about makerspace design to the architects planning a new school in my district. To plan for the meeting, I went to the source at the K-12 Fab Labs and Makerspaces group. I summarized… Continue reading

3DP Woven Texture

Happy accident.   Printing a model using code sliced for 0.8mm with a 0.4mm nozzle produced this beautiful woven appearance. The overall texture is reminiscent of lace or wicker. The model was printed… Continue reading

Lithophane Test Card

Lithophane Test Cards are designed to help users determine the optimal print settings for 3D printed lithophanes. Variables such as filament color, opacity, slicer settings and lighting display conditions can have a dramatic… Continue reading

3D Printing Graphs with Desmos

3D print a graph using this workflow that utilizes Desmos.com and other online tools to generate a STL file. Pictured here is the Lists: Falling Ladder example from Desmos. Graph to 3D Print… Continue reading

Tuskegee Airmen – 3D Design Challenge

The Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s annex, will be celebrating the contribution of African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. http://airandspace.si.edu/events/heritage-days/african-american/ “The day will include… Continue reading

Outsider Art Fair 2016 Submissions

A few weeks ago, I saw a tweet mentioning a 3D design contest. “Wide Open Arts will host a curated booth of imaginary towers in the upcoming Outsider Art Fair | NYC (Jan 21-24… Continue reading

2016 New Years Designs

Happy New Year! Holiday decorations are a great MakerEd design challenge for students. It is a great prompt to think about and incorporate culture and history while customizing and personalizing a design. (January is the perfect… Continue reading

3D Printing as a Storytelling Tool

One of the most powerful outcomes of Maker Education is empowering children as designers. Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson, is a classic literary exploration of child as designer and maker.… Continue reading