Learning in the MakerSpace: 3D Printing

The first thing I was introduced to in the MakerSpace was the 3D printer. What struck me most was how long it takes to print an item with the Ultimaker Printers. Even a small project can take multiple hours. Since this is a public space, I struggled to gain access to a printer for the first few days. I spent the time creating a design.

I came across Autodesk’s web app TinkerCad, which is a 3D object design program. I went through the tutorials and learned how to use the program, which is not as intuitive as it could be. I created a design of a treble clef on a staff with the opening four notes of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. In order to print it quickly, I had to make the object quite small. Once I was able to get to a printer, I uploaded the file and let it print. I’m pretty happy with how it came out. I would like to explore more options for 3D printing, but access to the printers at this MakerSpace is difficult.


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