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#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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Amazing 3D printers made with Legos, EV3, and a 3D printing pen.

How much do I love my PLN? Let me count two ways…

Luigi Cicala (@luigi_teacher) of The Brearley School shared this post on one of my GoogleGroups:

I ran into Baz, an inventor at MakerFaire, and I think he’s created the best use ever for a 3d printing pen: he’s built a Lego EV3 3d printer using the pen as the extruder!


Then Maureen Reilly (@MaureenRReilly) of The Marymount School shared this!

Yes! Baz (or Marc Andre Bazergui)  is a good friend and also made an Instructable if you want to build this LEGO EV3 3-D Printer: http://www.instructables.com/id/EV3Dprinter/

This project has HUGE potential for Math connections – Baz’s printer currently can “only” be programmed to make polygons – but programming polygons is big stuff especially considering the Z axis!
The pens he uses are only $40 on Amazon. We have a few of them here and they are MUCH easier to use than the 3-D doodler (smaller in size)

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 Video: @zamchick gives a demo of how to “type a picture” using @WordsEye. #engchat #artsed   

Gary @Zamchick, co-founder of WordsEye, visited this morning. I had seen an early prototype of WordsEye a few years ago, and his current version is amazing. Here’s a video of Gary offering a demo for one of my awesome colleagues, Kindergarten teacher, Joyce Tsang

As per the email WordsEye sent me upon registering: 
WordsEye lets anyone “type a picture” using simple language. It uses natural language technology to translate your sentences into 3D scenes. Words can become art, visual opinion, greetings, and more.

Below is an example of text and the resulting scene included in the same registration email: 
 @WordsEye is an amazing two-fold web-based application. You can “type a picture” using simple and descriptive language to create an elaborate 3D scene. There’s also a social network component where you can share your creation to the WordsEye gallery, and download or re-mix someone else’s scene. When you explore the WordsEye Gallery, you can also click an image to see exactly the text used to create particular 3D scenes. I loved this aspect, and it reminded me of how you can “see inside” Scratch programs shared online in order to learn from the original creator and also remix the project to make it personal.

As a literacy tool, WordsEye is amazing for reinforcing the importance of descriptive and figurative language. You can change the scene easily by introducing or replacing words. I imagine having students build a lexicon of language that works in WordsEye – so they can help each other determine how the words tiny, humongous, large, small, huge, etc. will change the look and size of an object. In that respect, there are opportunities to have conversations about scale and proportion as well. Besides space and distance, WordsEye also recognizes pronouns — you can type “The dog is two feet from the sofa. It is to the left of the planet.” and WordsEye will place objects accordingly.

I hope one day WordsEye will be voice-activated, so that younger students can dictate words rather than type them. Also, I wonder if more emotions could be coded into WordsEye so that you can type “the sad boy” or “the happy alien” or “the frustrated teacher” (haha). Consider a doctor’s non-verbal chart of smiley faces to help illustrate a patient’s pain — maybe something similar will enable users to include layers of emotion or other non-verbals that can enhance the finished scene or offer insight into something they are not comfortable voicing aloud yet are ready to share in a visual medium.

You can pre-register to explore WordsEye on your own! https://wordseye.com

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