Garden Street Academy wants more students to experience 3D printing, so we are piloting a program called the 3DSB 3D Printing Program which allows local K-12 students and teachers to submit projects to be printed on our 3D printers for free. Every month we’ll select and print five student projects and one teacher project.
Students can submit just about anything to be printed as long as it’s in good taste and something they have created themselves. Want to make a toy to play with? A gift for a relative? Parts for a science project? Those are just some of the many great reasons. Projects can be very simple, and in fact, we encourage simplicity.
- You must be a student or teacher in grades K-12 at a school in Santa Barbara, Goleta, or Carpinteria.
- Submissions must be something that you have created yourself. You may modify an existing work, but it must be a significant modification.
- You may submit more than one project in a given month, but only one will be chosen to be printed. Please make it your best work. You may resubmit your work in future months if it has not already been chosen.
If your project is selected for printing, we may publish your first name, grade, and school as well as photos of your project on this blog. All other information collected will only be used to contact you in case we have questions about your project and to send your project to you.
3D Design Resources
- Tinkercad – a simple web-based design tool that lets you combine basic shapes into 3D models. It’s on the beginning side of difficulty as far as 3D design apps go, but it’s more appropriate for middle and high school students. They have very good step-by-step lessons that will quickly get students up to speed.
- 123D Creature – a free iPad app that allows you to create creatures that can be printed. Tip: creatures with very thin body parts tend not print well with FDM printers like ours. We’ve had students as young as third grade make successful prints from this app.
- Modio – a free iPad app that allows you to design your own action figure with movable parts.
- 123D Design – a more versatile and complicated 3D design tool for advanced users with experience in 3D design. It works as a downloadable application for Mac and Windows, an iOS app, or in your browser.
Because many of the sites are commercial sites, children under age thirteen are not allowed to create accounts. Parents of children under thirteen can create an account for their children and supervise their use.
Submitting Your Project
Once your models are finished, create an account on a repository site such as Thingiverse, Instructables, or Bld3r, and upload your model files. You’ll need to submit a link to your model files so we can download and review them for our selection process. If you designed your project in Tinkercad, you can just send us the link to your Tinkercad project. Make sure your project is publicly viewable.
Then fill out our online submission form. We’ll contact you if we select your project for printing.
If you have any questions, please see our FAQ.