I came across a tweet from John Umekubo where he shared a 3D printed design for a pocket document camera that can be used to help a teacher display or record hand motions, sketches, images, or written actions or explanations without needing a second device, an external document camera, or an elaborate setup to balance a camera above your work space! The pocket document camera acts as a sort of periscope to reflect anything being done on top of his keyboard to anyone in his Google Meet.
John’s post went a bit viral on social media, and he compiled a comprehensive blog post where he listed a bunch of ideas/prototypes created by himself and other like-minded makers. I used our 3D printers in The CoLaboratory (Room 8L in the 610 building) to make two 3D printouts of these pocket document cameras — one that fit my MacBook Air and one that fit the Class III/IV Chromebook. I reached out to our colleagues in the Lower School who are teaching remote pods and told them about this little helper and shared ideas for how it might be used. Joy Barbosa (Class III) asked for a class set, and I printed 13 of these to be sent home to her students. Luckily, materials were already being gathered to send home to the remote Class III learners, and I was able to include this tool in the boxes.
Ju Yeon Kim (Class K) also liked the idea of having her remote Kindergarten students prop their iPad vertically and project whatever they are drawing or manipulating with their hands. Since I didn’t find any existing models for an iPad, It occurred to me that it would be much more helpful to have a universal device-agnostic mirror holder. I used Tinkercad to modify John’s design and created a model which can lay flat against any laptop or tablet (Macbook, Chromebook, iPad) and requires tape, clothespins, or binder clips to affix to the device!
Construct3D is a great conference! I’ve been to all three events, and the quality of the keynotes, posters, attendees passion, interesting conversations, networking (and food) is always awesome. I always learn a ton and I leave inspired and truly energized (albeit momentarily exhausted). Per their website’s About page:
Construct3D is a vendor agnostic 3D printing, digital fabrication conference and expo focused on academic use, best practices, and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students from informal, K12 and higher ed contexts. Construct3D is where passionate and curious educators and innovators converge to exchange ideas, build networks, learn new skills, and accelerate the adoption and exploration of 3D printing in education.
Below, I’ve gathered my tweets so that I can refer back to them without having to scroll through my Twitter timeline:
There’s a few ideas I’m excited about right now and this is the intersection of two of them: #codeyoucantouch (in this case code you can eat!) and food experiments. I used some food-safe silicone to make a mold of a 3D printed object created in @tinkercad code blocks. #makerEdpic.twitter.com/fdwj3jbNCC
This incredible creation is a scale model of a lung-mimicking air sac. It was bioprinted complete with airways and blood vessels that never touch yet provide oxygen to red blood cells. Amazing! 🤩
📷 : Jordan Miller/Rice University pic.twitter.com/eogaUJRFrv
Here’s the chocolate mold I made with the expertise of @CeMoCreates. Her process involves coding the 3D printed design with @tinkercad Codeblocks, then using the 3D print, Legos, and food safe silicone to cast the mold. I have silicone on order already! pic.twitter.com/dmqISCc2no
I attended a great Inside/Outside symposium this week at NYU Tandon. Day 1 focused on INSIDE uses for 3D design and 3D printing technologies pertaining to the medical community. Day 2 focused on OUTSIDE uses for 3D designing and printing, like those found in architecture and building design. Besides my tweets (which I embedded below), you can explore the #InsideOutsideNYU hashtag on Twitter.
I had lots of good clean fun at the soap-molding workshop led by 3DPrint Master John Hinkel on the final day of Construct3D Conference! John demo’d his process for designing the mold and it’s interior beveled edges in Fusion360. These edges are called fillets and pronounced “fill-etts” and I only stubbornly insisted on pronouncing it the French way for a very short time. John 3D printed molds in advance for each of us, and we coated the inside of our mold with Dawn dish detergent (as this liquid soap will help release our soap from the mold later). We then used masking tape to affix the top of the mold to the bottom of the mold. We melted clear glycerin soap in the microwave, added drops of liquid soap colorant (not regular food dye!), poured it into molds, and let the cast set in the mold while John scrolled through his blog and regaled us with tales of his more memorable trials and tribulations 3D designing and printing. John also suggested adding drops of essential oil or glitter or even flowers to glam up your soap.
***Check out John’s website where he documents projects and explorations here: madprinter.org Also, John works at BoxLock, a startup that was just featured on the Season 10 premiere of SharkTank last night! Per the show’s description, “BoxLock is the first smart padlock, specifically designed to protect deliveries from porch pirates and package thieves. BoxLock gives you peace of mind that your deliveries from all major carriers will be there, reliably when you expect them.”