Building Better Projects With A Diversity of 3D Printed Materials
Help me give my students a user friendly, multi-material, LutzBot Mini 2 3D Printer.
Our school has a mixed population of 610 students, from a predominantly urban setting. Students of all races and a number of ethnic backgrounds work together in a safe and secure environment. Our school demographics are as follows: 4.8% Asian, 18.2% Afro-American, 25.6% Hispanic, 5.4% multiracial, and 46.1% White. Fifty-two and one-half percent of our students are females and 47.5% of our students are males. A large portion of our population is considered to come from homes with low incomes. Students at our school are motivated and enthusiastic when given the opportunity to show their inventiveness and talents.
3D printing with an array of materials can be challenging for students of any 3D printing skill level. The LulzBot Mini 2 simplifies the process through new technology and user-friendly software that facilitates the printing process, making it easy for students at any level of 3D printing experience to develop finished projects. This 3D printer will be used in a number of student-driven experiences. Students from our art, math, science and STEM classes will participate in an array of projects that will apply creativity and critical thinking to making three-dimensional objects from a variety of materials. For example, art classes will work together with our marine science classes to design models of underwater vehicles, living spaces, and other objects. These designs will be analyzed and compared to similar ones found at online sites of the 3D "Do It Yourself" community and in other sources. Once the designs are determined to be optimal for use, three-dimensional models will be made, tested and used. Also, our students will have the option to make products such as school memorabilia, as requested by clubs and other school organizations. The opportunities for DIY builds abound with quality 3D printers such as the LulzBot.
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