3D Printing

3D printing enhances student learning by providing tangible, real-world student design projects
to provide opportunities to test and analyze products, refine and redesign quickly,
and replicate final solutions.

3D printing processes: Fused deposition modeling (FDM)

▪Melting a material, squeezing it out of a nozzle, and selectively depositing it

▪Material must have relatively low melting point

▪Filament Types http://www.makergeeks.com

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3D Printing in TRAILS Lessons

Some TRAILS lessons were entirely 3D printed (Dbait) while others only require custom parts that are designed and printed by students (Clean Sweep and Bumble Bot). Tangible 3D models allow students to cognitively explore science concepts that are often challenging to conceptualize without a model. ​

3D Printing tagged Lessons

Animal Architects

Animal Architects

Lesson Overview This unit takes biological phenomena such as transpiration of plants, laws of thermodynamics, animal behavior and regulation of ...
Bug RVs: Build a Better Bug Box

Bug RVs: Build a Better Bug Box

Lesson Overview: Biology students study insects and design a box for collecting insects.  This design is done in collaboration with ...
Animal Armor

Animal Armor

Lesson Overview: Students study different types of arthropods and design 3D printed body armor for stuffed animals based on exoskeletons.  ...

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation, award # DRL – 2148781 (Purdue University) / 2148782 (University of Hawaii). Any opinions, and findings expressed in this material are the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

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