Thanks to everyone who came to GSA Makerspace’s 3D Printing Fair. It was an amazing success! We saw lots of new faces, and lots of smiles on them.
Kids and grownups alike took to the Doodle3D drawing app like ducks to water. Fred and Wilma, our two MakerGear M2 3D printers, performed flawlessly with our Doodle3D wifi boxes. Thanks to some of our elementary and middle school students, we developed an efficient workflow that allowed us to print more than fifty doodles during the four-hour event. Most doodles took about five to ten minutes to print – nice and quick turnarounds.
Here are some of the other wonderful doodles created on Saturday.
We had quite a bit going on besides the 3D printing. While waiting for their prints to finish, our K-8 art facilitator, Jan, helped children paint “Happy Mother’s Day” hearts. We designed the hearts in Tinkercad and printed ahead of the fair. Jan also led a necklace-making activity that used pendants designed by a couple of our fifth grade students. Some children also played with Autodesk’s 123D Creature app on our iPads – their first experience designing in three dimensions.
We also had much of our student work on display. People got a kick out of seeing the potato head parts that our high school students designed in Tinkercad. The doodles our students created during the week prior served as inspiration for many of Saturday’s doodlers.
In addition to their doodles, kids also got to take home a Minecraft keychain. I designed these to help me learn Tinkercad, and we thought it’d be cool thing to print and give away at the fair. We printed eight pieces at a time, and the print would take about two hours to finish. If you already have access to a 3D printer, you can download the 3D files from our Thingiverse page and print them yourself.
We’re looking to repeat this event again sometime early in the summer on a weekday. We’ll post updates here when we decide the exact date.
Again, thanks to everyone who came. We hope you had as much fun as we did. Huge thanks to our amazing staff (John G., Patti, Jan, Kristi, Annie, Leane, and Erin) for making this event happen.