Tag Archive: Design

Blockhead Blank Design Challenge

I recently saw an article on the tested.com site showing the fabrication of small blockhead figurines based on the Tested mascots. http://www.tested.com/art/makers/522693-making-miniature-tested-blockhead-figurines/ Fabrication of a master model was done using a bandsaw and disc sander out… Continue reading

Designing a Year of the Horse Medallion

My school librarian is hosting a Lunar New Year Tea on January 31st. This annual event is an opportunity to share Asian culture with the school staff and also to highlight new library… Continue reading

Sharpie to 3D Print in 30 Minutes

Go from Sharpie drawing to 3D print in less than 30 minutes using this quick tutorial. This makes a great demonstration to introduce 3D printing. I have used this process with three different… Continue reading

1st Grade Guitar Maker

“Daddy? Can I use my scissors?” The question rolled down the stairs this weekend as I was working in the basement. My daughter is a MAKER. She buzzes and hums with creative energy.… Continue reading

Project Idea: Design a Historical Marker

Here is a project idea for students to create a historical marker. This project is a natural fit for social science but can be used in any content area. Challenge: Propose a design… Continue reading

Happy Earth Day! Trash Monster

Happy Earth Day! Challenge: My 1st grade daughter was given a class assignment to create a Trash Monster out of recycled materials for Earth Day. Design: Drawing the design wasn’t technically part of… Continue reading

Design Make Share: Foldable Tetrahedron Example

How does the Design Make Share method work? Here is an example. PROBLEM/CHALLENGE: How can an object be printed that has smooth sides?  (3D printed object can have a layered surface texture as an… Continue reading

Design Make Share: An Outline for MAKING in the Classroom

Ready to dive into 3D printing in the classroom? Your students and colleagues will be energized by having access to the latest technology. But be careful, if you just start printing without a… Continue reading

Foldable Cube on Thingiverse

I just posted my first original design for a 3D printed foldable cube on Thingiverse. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:75093 Thingiverse is a repository of designs that you can download for free and print on a 3D printer.… Continue reading