Garden Street Academy is excited to announce a new program allowing local students and teachers the chance to print their designs on our 3D printers. We’re calling it the 3DSB 3D Printing Program, or 3DSB for short. Every month we’ll print five projects designed by K-12 students attending schools in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria. To encourage teachers to try 3D printing, we’ll also print one teacher project per month. Photos of finished prints as well as some background how it was designed and its intended purpose will be posted on here on this blog.
Even though 3D printing is gaining a foothold in schools throughout the country, it’s still a novelty and not as user friendly as printing on paper. The technology is still immature, so there’s no such thing as a “standard” 3D printer. Cost, a steep learning curve, and the finicky nature of producing 3D prints are significant barriers preventing widespread adoption in the classroom. Teachers’ days are busy enough without having to sit down for a while and figure out why a particular print didn’t work.
Our hope for 3DSB is to encourage students and teachers alike to explore 3D printing and design without worrying about the fuss of running and maintaining a 3D printer. Just focus on design and leave the printing to us.
We’ve created a program page for 3DSB that gives more information and lists some basic submission requirements. The page also includes resources to get teachers and students started in designing 3D objects. At the bottom of the page you’ll find a link to the form for submitting projects. We’ve also started a page to answer frequently asked questions about the program.
As you’ll read on the program page, we don’t have a lot of restrictions about what we’ll print. We’ll print just about anything within reason. The design can be functional, artistic, or both. Simplicity is key, however, and teachers should stress that idea to their students. It’s better to quickly create something simple rather than agonize for weeks on something elaborate.
If you have any questions about 3DSB, please visit our contact page and send us an email.