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

Brainstorm: 3D Printer Shootout for Students

Educators are constantly asking me for 3D printer buying advice. I usually refer them to the Make magazine 3D printer reviews as a starting point. I have been a reviewer for the annual Make 3D… Continue reading

Remixing Classic Art

The heist of a priceless bust of Nefertiti at the Neues Museum in Berlin by means of 3D scanning and 3D printing has been in the new recently and sparked debate and controversy. Articles by… 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

Hour of Code Kickoff Party VSTE15

The VSTE 2015 Hour of Code Kickoff Party was incredible with an energetic and engaged crowd committed to introducing coding to students. Educators across Virginia are using Hour of Code as an opportunity… Continue reading

When You See Stars Wars Think My Content Area VSTE15

I’m in my hotel room in Roanoke, VA cutting out Yoda snow flakes on a Cameo Silhouette cutting plotter. I’m preparing for the opening of the annual Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE)… Continue reading

10 Steps to Hack the SAT

I received a call a few days ago. A high school aged relative needed math help. Specifically, they needed help with the math SAT. To be very specific, they needed help prepping for the… Continue reading