The students were enthralled at the possibility of a printing machine that could print off their designs but even more so, when the word “contest” was put forth there were definite competitive natures that became evident.
Yesterday, Tom Haan of Dundas Designs came into the class. He owns a 3D printer and brought a few samples of things that he had printed off. He spoke to the kids about how lucky they were to get their hands on a program that could help them design things in 3D. Back in his “day”, they had pen and paper, maybe some modeling clay.
Hard to imagine what these kids will be saying about back in “their day” and using Google Sketchup!
Tom took them through the basics of designing using autocad and then showed them a video of 3D printing. THEN.. the contest rules were laid out. The kids spent the rest of the class working on their designs. Houses, cars, animals, abstract designs… it’s going to be hard to agree on “the best”. The winner will have their design printed off.