Adult Learners go mad on 3D

My colleague Katie and I learnt something new this Adult Learners Week – how to make stuff and 3D print it! We visited the learning centre at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre. Thanks to excellent training from Danny McNeil, Learning Specialist (and 3D wiz), we went through the whole process of creating an object and printing it. We learned how to design stuff using 123D (software now on library computers) and Inkscape.

Words like extrude and chamfer are now in my vocabulary. I saw how a background in gaming – particularly Minecraft – can help kids (and adults) design. It gets you familiar with working in a three dimensional space –  orbiting, rotating, and viewing objects from all angles can be tricksy and new when you are not used to it.

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Designing a cat toy in 123D – involves some maths!

Danny took us through the process from woah to go – you can watch his how-to videos 3D modelling a step by step guide and have a try. People who’ve done his class have gone on to make all sorts of interesting things – new bits for their tools, flying vehicles, and more.

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Ready, set, 3D print!

I highly recommend getting out of your comfort zone and learning something new – this week or any time!

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3D printed cat toy

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More photos from our training.

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3D printing parts – Hover board lifts off

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Luka is a Year 7 student from Cobham Intermediate. Luka has entered his home built “Hover board” which utilises Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) technology into a school science fair. He was encountering some issues with one of the housings holding the magnets. He 3D modelled himself a new design using Google SketchUp and contacted us to see if we could 3D print the parts for him.

We jumped at the chance to help. Luka’s project is amazing; we are glad that we are able to assist as this is why we embraced 3D printing in the first place. It allows our customers access to technology that they may not normally be able to utilise.

At this stage there is not a specific system or pricing structure in place for customer 3D printing, but with enquiries ramping up, we will be working on it. Watch this space.

If you want to see something really inspiring, here is a clip of Luka’s hover board in action:

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3D Printing – School Horizons Programme

Want to know more about 3D printing? How you can create something then 3D print your own design?

Well that’s exactly what Cashmere Primary School students did when they came to the South Learning Centre as part of the School Horizons programme. The students became product designers, who discussed target markets, design specifics & prototypes. They created keyrings, helicopters and slide whistles in 123D design programme them 3D printed them. Once printed prototypes were evaluated critically and adaptations were documented.

There was lots of laughter, fun and learning!

In our Learning Centre, students experience eLearning programmes aligned with the New Zealand curriculum document. These programmes provide learning in a technology-rich environment, and the teaching keeps abreast with the latest teaching philosophies and strategies.

If you are interested in working with us to tailor an existing programme, or work alongside us  phone the Learning Centre 941 5140 or email Learningcentre@ccc.govt.nz

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Learn how to 3D design and print

Want to learn how do 3D modelling and printing? We have two classes coming up at South Library tailormade for you:

Beginners’ 3D Design & Printing
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (6:00PM – 8:00PM)
South Library

Beginners’ 3D Design & Printing
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 (6:00PM – 8:00PM)
South Library

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In this class you will learn how to use free, basic 3D modelling software to design and 3D print, using biodegradable PLA plastic.  All you need to know to do before doing this course course are basic computer skills such as how to save a file and use a mouse. Cost: $25 per person. Phone 941 5140 or email learningcentre@ccc.govt.nz to book.

2D to 3D

This term our team has been running our very first school programme utilising the Library 3D printer.

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The name of the course is “2D to 3D” and involves 12 students being introduced to a variety of learning and software that allows them to take 2 dimensional design, (arrived at by following a “design process”) through to a finished 3 dimensional product that is printed out on our 3D printer.

We are now just four weeks into this first course and the students have been buzzing about what they are learning. We have taught them how to use the free 123D Design software and most of them are now using it at home whenever they get the opportunity. The first printable project was to create a “pencil copter” which is a propeller device that fits on the end of an HB pencil that actually flies.

Each student (after being taught the basic functions of the software) built their own “copter” in 123D and added their own embellishments to personalise their design. The following week we tested their copters and reflected on what worked well and what could be improved upon.

Great fun!

Some of the students involved in the 2D to 3D course showing off their

South Learning Centre holiday highlights

Our first ever Minecraft Craft Holiday Programme – including 3D printing, Sketch Up to design keyrings, Huma beads of Minecraft characters, Printcraft to design students own buildings, Tinkercad to design and 3D print jewellery and electronics to make a Redstone light.

Wicked!

Keep your eyes peeled for more afterschool and holiday programmes at your library.

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