#3Ddesign lampshade using @adskFusion360. Thanks, @LizArum and @FatCatFabLab! #MakerEd #STEAM


Thanks to an invite from Liz Arum (computer scientist, designer, traveler, friend, and Education Director at Ultimaker), I attended an awesome meetup held at the Fat Cat Fab Lab in Greenwich Village on Thursday. I go to a ton of professional development opportunities in order to continue learning, stay abreast of current trends, and gather resources for me and my network at The Brearley School and beyond. This one had me at the title, Ultimaker and Autodesk’s Fusion 360’s Design Workshop for Educators, and the description only cinched it for me:

Want to check out Fat Cat Fab Lab, meet the Ultimaker 3, be introduced to or gain more confidence with Fusion 360, meet other educators interested in 3D, or just want to make a unique holiday gift? Here’s your chance! It’s Ultimaker’s first Education event at Fat Cat Fab Lab. Fat Cat Fab Lab is a member-supported makerspace in the West Village. It is a place for learning, designing, collaborating and building with traditional and digital fabrication tools with an emphasis on low cost open source innovation.

On Thursday December 8, between 6-9pm Ultimaker and Autodesk will be hosting a Fusion 360 3D Design workshop. The workshop will be led by Autodesk’s Fusion 360 expert Tanner Reid. Participants will design a personalized 3D printed lampshade compatible with an off-the-shelf Ikea lamp socket. Even if you have some, little or no experience with Fusion 360, you’ll learn ways to approach design for 3D-printing, how to get started with a new design, and how to best strategize for a “smart” model. Topics will include sketching, solid modeling, patterns, and the parametric timeline. Everyone will leave the class with a ready-to-3D-print lampshade file.

At the event, I reunited with friends (and former colleagues!) and totally enjoyed exploring Fusion360 to design a 3D lampshade for an IKEA SEKOND lamp! Here are some downloadable files created by others:
1. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1343577
2. https://grabcad.com/library/tag/lampshade
3. https://gallery.autodesk.com/fusion360/projects/ikea-lampshade

Here’s my final lampshade design being printed on the Makerbot 2X:

Also, check out the video below which describes the project:

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