Iterative Design

One of the amazing things about 3D printing and digital fabrication is that it empowers users with the ability to engage in rapid iterative design. Many projects lend themselves to only a single iteration; a… Continue reading

Tutorial: Custom Trophy in Tinkercad

I wrote a tutorial for creating a Custom Trophy in Tinkercad on the Printrbot Learn blog last year. A short teaser is below but you can read the full tutorial at http://learn.printrbot.com/2014/06/22/tutorial-custom-trophy-in-tinkercad/ I’m including this teaser… Continue reading

Explore Rising Sea Level with Tinkercad & 3D Printing

Quick idea for exploring rising sea level and the impact on coastal communities using Tinkercad and 3D Printing. -Use the Terrain2STL website to download an STL file of a coastal city. http://jthatch.com/terrain2stl/ -Repair the… Continue reading

Brainstorm: Hispanic Heritage Month Maker Challenge

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a recognition of Hispanic and Latino American contributions to the United States as well as a celebration of Hispanic/Latino culture and heritage. The celebration runs from September 15 through October… Continue reading

My MakerEd PD Plan

Today was my first day back to school. I’m a Technology Resource Teacher (TRTs) in a large school district in Northern Virginia. TRTs play an essential role in the professional development to facilitate… Continue reading

Brainstorm: One to the World Project Idea

Sitting in a PD session with some of the greatest colleagues ever. We are woking on translating traditional projects to One to the World. Original Project: 4th graders worked on a project to support… Continue reading

What does MakerEd have to do with Headlight Restoration?

I took my car to be inspected today and it was rejected because the headlights were cloudy and the wipers were torn. The estimate for a headlight restoration, a headlight adjustment and new… Continue reading

Makersmiths: A Loudoun County Makerspace

Makersmiths, a new makerspace in Loudoun County, had it’s official ribbon cutting ceremony on August 1st. I missed the ceremony but dropped in for the open house today at the new facility at… Continue reading

Make: Magazine’s Digital Fabrication Shootout: Live Blog

I’m in San Francisco to participate in Make: Magazine’s Digital Fabrication Shootout. The public can attend a Post-3D Printer Testing Weekend Q&A on Sunday from 3-5pm. http://www.meetup.com/MakeMagazine/events/224149663/ Last year, the 3D Printer Shootout was held… Continue reading

Digital Citizenship: 3DPrintingIndustry.com

Dear 3DPrintingIndustry.com, On July 8th, 2015 you appropriated a photo from my website, DesignMakeTeach.com, for use in an article on your blog. http://3dprintingindustry.com/2015/07/08/chaos-3d-why-second-movers-are-winning-the-chaotic-desktop-3d-printer-wars/ I learned of this through a ping back notice from my WordPress… Continue reading

Adding Color to Your 3D Prints – Tips and Techniques

Natural PLA is transparent and is difficult to photograph or see details. Natural ABS is a soft beige color or slightly transparent. The easiest way to increase your color options is to buy… Continue reading

Brainstorm: SXSWedu 2016 Proposal

Let’s start out by saying, I don’t really know why I would go to the SXSWedu education conference. http://sxswedu.com/about It is far away, I’d have to pay out of pocket, and I’m probably… Continue reading