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Say hello and introduce yourself :)

by mathgrrl

Hello everyone. Let's get the conversation started! This Topic is a place to get acquainted. I'll go first, but don't leave me hanging...

(Note: There is currently is no notification system on Thingiverse to let you know that a new post has occurred in this Group, unless that post is a direct reply to one of your own posts. So at the moment we'll all just have to remember to come back here every so often if we want to continue the conversation.)

Formatting tips: To get links into a comment post, use Markdown code, like this: [Title of Link](http://www.this.is.the.actual.link.com). In fact, you can use lots of types of MarkDown code to do things like add headers, bold/italics, images, and so on. Feel free to practice in this space if you're curious.

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Are you an EDU power user on Thingiverse, or do you want to be?

by mathgrrl

Stay tuned to this group... in the coming weeks we'll be using this forum to:

  • Share ideas, ask questions, meet other 3D educators
  • Discuss tips and tricks for sharing your projects and lessons on Thingiverse most effectively
  • Identify the best educational content on Thingiverse

Feel free to join the conversation anywhere you like; leave a comment in an existing comment or start your own Topic if you have something you want to talk about. Let's make this a place where we can all learn from each other.

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I have no idea how to use a 3D printer :(

by CSIwifeLI

Hi I am Susan and I stumbled on this site that is WAY over my head, and I am hoping someone could help me please. I am actually a baker who is making a cake for a boy with cancer who is a NY Ranger fan. I found an awesome file here on Thingiverse that I can apparently print at my local library, but I have no clue how to start. They said it needs to be a .stl, .obj, or .thing file, but when I download it from Thingiverse it is not saving that way - I can't figure out how to change it. Would anyone be able to help explain it, or send me the correct format? I reached out to the person who created it, but not sure how often he checks his emails...time is of the essence. Thank you so much!

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Just published OpenSCAD lessons

by txoof

I wrote up some OpenSCAD lessons for use in a classroom. The plans are intended for students that have only a basic understanding of OpenSCAD and teach the basics of parametric and modular design. At the end of the series students will have played with an existing design and created their own parametric and customizable project.

I would love any feedback or notes if you use these lessons!


Introduction to Parametric Customization
by txoof
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3D Printed Manipulatives that help teach concepts

by mathgrrl

Most of the time, a 3D printing classroom activity involves students actually designing and creating their own 3D models. But sometimes you just want something cool to use in class that provides an outlet for hands-on interaction to help illustrate an idea or teach a concept. Here are some great examples of the latter type of model. 3D print these models and use them to teach math or science in your classrooms, or get inspired to build a lesson around these models and have students create their own.

If you know of other favorite models that are great for classroom manipulatives, please let us know in the comments :)

Nets of a Cube - Geometry Manipulative Set
Surfer's Tension
by 4MULE8
Center of mass manipulatives for calculus classes
The Frog Dissection Kit
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