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Good clean fun at the soap-molding workshop with 3D Printer Master John Hinkel at @Construct3DConf today! #Construct3DConf #MakerEd #STEAM

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.”

Here’s a description of the workshop from the Construct3 conference website:

 

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Collaborating with a #MakerCamp participant to design a fidget spinner in @BlocksCAD! @LuigiTeaching will be printing it on our @Ultimaker next! #MakerEd #STEAM #ArtEdTech @UMNA_education @BrearleyNYC

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Love this Lenape toy project at @BrearleyNYC launched by @LuigiTeaching and the Class II Teaching Team. #MakerEd #elemaker #elemedchat #STEAM #PBLchat

Last week, Class II completed their Lenape “buzzer” toy project. Luigi Cicala (@LuigiTeaching) is an amazing artist, teacher, and Director of the CoLab, The Brearley School’s soon to be launched makerspace. In anticipation of having an actual physical space dedicated to making, fabricating, and project based learning, Luigi has been developing creative, integrated, and thoughtful STEAM-rich projects with faculty across multiple grades and disciplines. With this in mind, Luigi ideated a variety of projects to correlate with Class II’s study of The Lenape. This year’s chosen project was to create a “buzzer” toy — I totally remember making these as a kid with yarn threaded through plastic buttons (or drilling holes in a wooden disk). Now that we’re well into the 21st Century, these students used an iPad to design the button shape that were 3D-printed for them.


Students talked about shapes and symmetry while creating paper designs with Luigi and their classroom teachers, Rebecca Chynsky (@rchynsky) and Betsy Warren. Additionally, girls could use paper divided into quadrants to sketch a design to gain a sense of symmetry and test for it by folding along the lines (or axes). While the concept of symmetry might not be readily understandable, folding a shape and seeing if it overlaps fully (either up/down or side/side) is a fun exercise. See examples of Marina Jackson’s folded sketches in the photo below.img_0012.jpg

In computer class with Virginia Avetisian (@vavetisedu) and Marina Jackson, students used Doodle3D on the iPads to sketch a shape with their fingers, give it some height, and include two cylindrical holes (like a button). These were exported as STL files and printed using our Ultimaker Original+ printers which were built from kits a few years ago by upper school students. I helped with the actual printing and spent many hours over the next few weeks ensuring each student’s digital sketch was transformed into a plastic “buzzer” for their enjoyment.


Here’s a video of one of our “buzzer” toy prototypes in action!

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