Polar3d-prints-greet-me-in-the-morning.jpg

 

Doug Noxsel, Design and Modeling Teacher of the Butler Technology Career And Development Schools was kind enough to send us a great description of how he uses 3D printing in the classroom

Flipping the Process

7th-grade students are highly interested in 3d printing. In fact, they can overwhelm a teacher with print requests as they come up with new ideas. That is what was happening to me in my 7th-grade Design and Modeling classes. I was spending lots of time handling the details of every single print, and it required too much of my focus. So this semester I “flipped” the process! I ordered more Polar3d printers, and I gave the print process to the students. My students sign up to the Polar Cloud, and I send them invitations to join my classroom club. 

Wow, what a difference. I no longer prep the plate, start, monitor, remove from the plate, etc. Students are instructed to monitor their prints via live stream from their devices and to shut down the print should there be an issue. The students do it all, and they love it.

From Wiz Bang to Usable Tool

In fact, the students are beginning to see the 3d printers as a tool now versus an interesting wiz bang machine that only the teacher can operate. I have seen a threefold increase in the number of prints generated by the students. And the beauty of it all is the fact that I have only started 5 of those prints! The students are learning from their print mistakes and are modifying their designs to make improvements. Isn’t this what we want? The design to print time has decreased greatly, and students love the freedom they have to experiment. When my new order arrives, I will have 10 Polar3d units for a student to printer ratio of 14 to 1. I am hoping that that ratio will handle the demand. I would highly recommend to any teacher to stop being the 3d

The students are learning from their print mistakes and are modifying their designs to make improvements. Isn’t this what we want? The design to print time has decreased greatly, and students love the freedom they have to experiment. When my new order arrives, I will have 10 Polar3d units for a student to printer ratio of 14 to 1. I am hoping that that ratio will handle the demand. I would highly recommend to any teacher to stop being the 3d go-to person.

When my new order arrives, I will have 10 Polar3d units for a student to printer ratio of 14 to 1. I am hoping that that ratio will handle the demand.

I would highly recommend to any teacher to stop being the 3d  gate-keeper. Give your students ownership and some freedom to fail and then watch them get creative! They will not hurt the Polar3d units if you show them the basics. The attached pictures shows a typical scene for me in the morning. Student prints that started at the end of the school day are ready the next morning.

Polar3d prints greet me in the morning

Doug Noxsel Design and Modeling Teacher, Gateway To Technology, PLTW Butler Technology Career And Development Schools 3605 Hamilton-Middletown Rd, Hamilton, Ohio 

Classroom Location: Lakota Liberty Junior School 7055 Dutchland Parkway, Liberty Township, OH 45044-9720

Comment