Online browser-based 3D modelling services looks like a great way to introduce anyone into designing, from children to adults. Uses modern web technology (such as WebGL) and it’s presentation is clean, functional, and undaunting. Anything created can be made with a 3D printer, and has the option to be sent to services that can make your designs.
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With Tinkercad you can design real things that come out of the 3D printer, into your life. You don’t need any previous design expertise. Just open the browser and start creating! Share your designs with friends and explore things made by other makers. 3D print things on your own printer or order things delivered to your doorstep by high quality 3D printing services.
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MakerBot Operator Scott Miller sent us these pictures of his students doing work with a MakerBot at Mech Design class at Olin college. They have high end 3D printers installed at their school, but he brought his MakerBot in to show how 3D printers work and run some prints.
There is no substitute for being able to put a machine on the table, upload a file, and build a part in real time. Being able to build working prototypes quickly is a critical part of the Olin College Mechanical Design class. We use 3D printing and Sheet Metal to leverage their complementing strengths. To design effective parts, it is critical to understand the fabrication process. We used the Thing-O-Matic in class to visually demonstrate the entire 3D printing process from the design in Solidworks -> STL -> SkeinForge -> GCode -> 3D print. Understanding the print methodology and internal structure of the parts allows the students to be more effective right off the bat for their 3D printed designs.
MAKE, Volume 21 digs into desktop factories, covering a variety of ways you can get started with personal manufacturing - including:
- CNC kits
- DIY CNC milling machines
- Steps for building your own 3D scanner
- An in-depth look at the MakerBot Cupcake CNC & it’s development
I love 3d printing and hope to own a printer in the near future.