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Resources for Educators
3-D Printing Brings Practical Engineering Back to the Classroom
Introducing your students to 3D Printing
MakerBot Academy: Learn how to use the MakerBot 3D Printer from the experts
New Models for Education: Maker Faire and the Young Makers Program
Intellectual Property and the Future of @Home Manufacturing
A guide to help you get started with 3D Printing
Learn More About 3D Printing
Thingiverse offers thousands of items to print on the 3D printer.
Free 3D Design Software
Listed below are 3D design programs to use with your students. All are free and easy to use, but may require downloading the program to your computer.
TinkerCad (https://tinkercad.com/): Easiest software to use. Involves combining blocks and other shapes to create your object. Ideal for elementary and middle school levels, plus for non technical users.
): More advanced but straight forward to use. Good for learning the basics of 3D printing and making your first real 3D designs. Once you gain more mastery, you can purchase an upgrade to start making more advanced designs
Autodesk123D Design (http://www.123dapp.com/design): a simple 3D creation and editing tool.
Below is a list of professional software that requires purchasing a license.
Visit the Smithsonian to download ornaments entered into the White House 3D Printed Ornament Challenge.
10 Great Short Prints
10 Great Short Prints by John Abella
Each of these prints take less than 30 minutes. Perfect for a demonstration or one last quick print at the end of the day.
Make Your Own Cookie Cutter
Easily draw or trace an image to make a customized cookie cutter.