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Tinker Cad October 17, 2017

Posted by Tai-Lee Smith in 3d Printing.
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Daring Migelo-Borwo

For my first station, I chose to do Tinkercad. This station was useful because it provided tutorials and was simple to use. From this station I learned several different things. One tip to the next person in the station, is to highlight the components that you want to separate or ungroup. By clicking close to the shapes and then dragging across the shapes. Then a red dotted box will appear which you can wrap around the shapes that are connected and then press the ungroup button on the top right corner. Another thing I learned was when you wanted to make a hole in a shape: make the hole a solid first that is a different color than the shape you are putting it in. Then when you can place the (hole) where you want then bring down the drop down menu and change is to a real hole. Then connect them. This helps because having the (hole) a different color allows you to place it in the right spot, while having it as a real hole is hard to see. This skill helped me solve my problem of getting the hole in the right place. And the last thing I learned from this station was to type in the height or width that you specifically need. By just trying to move an object’s width wider with your mouse it will move back and forth in 1 mm. But if you want it between a one, then when you click on an object, there will be white boxes next to the shape with numbers in them. You can alter these by clicking in the box and then retyping the number that you want. Overall, this was a fun and useful station.


3D Printing with Tinkercad May 17, 2017

Posted by timmylunney in 3d Printing, Uncategorized.
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Learning how to 3D print has been a desire of mine ever since I found out what it was. I just thought it was such a cool idea that you could create whatever you want out of seemingly nothing. In this station, I created my designs through a website called Tinkercad. I thought this website was very god for beginners like me, because it had multiple tutorials walking me through basically every aspect of the site. To anyone about to do this station, I recommend dong as many tutorial lessons as possible. The next aspect of the program is actually printing the design. I highly recommend getting help from either Mr. Karden or another student experienced with the 3D printer, because it is very hard to find a video on the exact printer the Mr. Karden has. For my project, I wanted to create a fidget spinner, because they are very popular right now. Sadly, I did not make the correct dimensions, so the bearings. I hope that the next person doing this station learns from me, and triple checks their measurements before they print, so their final product is operable.

April 24, 2017

Posted by Jonny Lunney in 3d Printing.
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I decided to do 3D printing for my third station because it it a more hands on station, and you also get a tangible final product. First, went through the multi step tutorial on Tinker Cad to get familiar with the program, then I went and watched some you tube videos to get to know some more technical things. Went it got around to the 3D printer, I got help first from Mr. Karden to show me the basics, and then I had students who were already familiar with the 3D printer to help me with the fine things like changing colors of filament for the printer to use. Some tips to success are if you are not satisfied with your model, keep tweaking it because it is very easy to do because tinker cad is a pretty simple program. Some challenges I had were that the 3D printer take a good while to heat up so often times I would run out of time to actually 3D print.

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3d Printing With No Infill March 14, 2017

Posted by tcreen in 3d Printing, Uncategorized.
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For my final project I decided to try 3d printing with varying amounts of skin layers and infill. What I discovered was that with some prints it’s actually a viable option.

What makes a print compatible with this style is it must be able to be supported by the walls alone. If you have a sharp overhang any where on the inside (closest to the center) of you print, then you will need infill. As it acts like support for these overhangs.

Also the smaller you’re printing the worse this is going to work. When you print small, then the space on the inside of your print is smaller, and therefor you are using less infill and less time. Plus by having infill you’re giving the walls time to cool, so you won’t end up with as much sagging as you would without using infill.

But despite these limitation 3d printing without infill on some prints can help a lot.  For starters you don’t have to print the infill, which saves you time and material on your print. This happens  by the fact that you are most likely printing less material without infill, and the extruder doesn’t have to waist time by being picked up and mover all of  the time.

Infill 20% Skin layers 1                          Infill 0% Skin layers 3

Tinker Cad/ 3-D Printing December 16, 2016

Posted by eb131 in 3d Printing, Uncategorized.
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Station 2

For station two, I picked 3-D printing. I decided to choose this station because I knew I would be very interested in this topic. I loved this station because 3-D printing is something I had not done before, and I learned so much about it. I really enjoyed being creative and designing a variety of projects to print. One of the most difficult objects that I attempted to create on Tinker Cad was a phone case. It was hard to make the case so that it would be able to fit around a phone because I had to make the measurements very precise. Then I had to make the corners the right size, which was very time consuming. After working on it for a long time, I still was not successful. But what I realized from this is that is okay to not succeed because what I learned from making the phone case helped me with my next projects and my final. For my final project I made a soap dish that drains so that water is never sitting in the bottom. This was very difficult object to make because it had many parts and pieces that needed to fit together. It took me many tries, but eventually I made it successfully. I learned that eventually if you keep trying that you can be successful. My advice for this station is to be creative.If you are creative, your projects will end up being much better. It is also very important to do research and learn about what you can print, and what you can not. 3-D printing was a very fun and interesting overall, and I would recommend it for anyone.

Tinker Cad November 14, 2016

Posted by ejsmith20 in 3d Printing, Uncategorized.
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For my second station I decide to do Tinker Cad. I did not print any of my designs because I was at Tinker Cad and not 3D printing. This station would be very useful to know because it does allow you to do 3D printing. It was very basic but yet many things could be accomplished with just these basic tools. For my final project I wanted to make something that would be useful to me but also have something on it that represented part of me. I made a cup with a handle and a snowflake on it. The first challenge I had while making this was that I could not find a shape in the basic shapes that some what looked like a cup. I looked up a picture of a tinker cad cup and got the idea to use the shape called a parboiled. I took this shape along with a square as a hole and cut off the top  so that it became flat. I then rotated it 180 degrees so the smaller flat part was on the bottom. After the cup was facing the right way I took another parboiled and made a hole inside the cup.  The last problem I came across was making the handle. The bottom of the handle needed to be longer or slightly slated in order for the 3D printer to print it. The printer needs a stronger or bigger bottom so it has something to build off of. I took the regular size torus and then took another square hole and tilted it to the right. I put it on the torus in the shape of a handle and then made the hole. I connected the handle to the cup and added a snowflake on the outside to show Colorado. Advice fort his station is to learn how to create holes and use the undo button as much as you can rather than trying to fix your own mistakes but all in all this was a fun and useful station.


3-D Printing November 1, 2016

Posted by lagosnell in 3d Printing.
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For my final project I created a hockey game. My hockey game has a rotatable rod that has a hockey stick attached to the bottom. When you rotate the rod and swing it fast the hockey stick will hit a puck which will then fly into the net. A struggle I had with the hockey game was getting the hockey stick to move. I started out with a traditional bubble hockey set up where the player would spin and be able to move around the platform. This was too complicated so I decided to go with a Foosball set up. For anyone thinking of doing TinkerCAD I would recommend watching tutorials online. I would also recommend looking at the gallery and all the other things other people have made. 

3d printing October 13, 2016

Posted by indyblake in 3d Printing.
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Hi, I was at the 3d printer and i went a little overboard. I was trying to make a cat toy that would run around and would have a string attached to it. I used tinker cad to create and design the gearbox and the gears and on the. It seemed like it would work but it didn’t. I would recommend, for future users of this to not go overboard and just go for small. Sometimes small is the best. Tinker cad is a great program and has a lot of great tools. My favorite was the shape generators, if you go in to this you can look at hard complicated shapes that other people have made. This is helpful when you are working on something hard, you can see if people have made that component already and you can use what they created to help you along. I would suggest to whoever reads this that you create stuff on tinker cad at home so that you class time can be used for printing because the printer is really busy.

3D printing March 27, 2015

Posted by katetom123 in 3d Printing.
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For my first project in Tech Lab 1, I decided to work in tinkercad, creating projects to print in the 3D printer. Tinkercad was a very easy program for beginners like me to start in. It had all kinds of tutorials that really helped me to better understand how the program works. I created all kinds of projects in this program. For my final I ended up creating a pencil holder with the four seasons on the sides. While creating this I ran into many problems. One of the biggest problems I had was when I could not find certain shapes or designs. This was a big problem for me because I am not the most creative person in the world and was having trouble finding out how to create the shapes I wanted, using the basic shapes provided. For future people doing this station I want to teach them where to find the shape generator button. This button is located in the top right of the page. It is the third drop-down menu. Once you click and open is up, two extra drop-down menus appear. One is from tinkercad and the other is a community menu. The tinkercad menu has limited but has very helpful shapes. The community menu has different shapes like a snowflake, flower, leaf, and sun, in which I used for my final project. Another bit of advice I have for people interested in doing this station, is make sure you know the size of your piece before you print it. During my penguin projects I forgot to look at the size and resize it. This caused it to print very small and I had to reprint it bigger. Overall this station was very fun to explore, but it does takes patience.

Alec Long 3d printing October 30, 2013

Posted by aleclong97 in 3d Printing.
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There were many problems that I encountered while creating and printing my pieces. The main problem was that the printers’ plastic would break in the process of printing, causing the project not to finish. This was very frustrating because I printed my pieces up to six times until it finally worked, which wasted a lot of my time that I could be doing other things. It was hard to find things to do while the pieces were printing because most of the time, I already had my other projects ready to print. Although the printer did not work correctly very often, it was very cool when it did work correctly and it was overall a good station.Image