As we are coming up to the halfway mark in the school year, I thought it would be a good idea to put on my DIBA (Dremel Idea Builder Ambassador) hat and give an update of the equipment we are adopting as we build out the Makerspace at St. Raymond. No one tool can stand alone in a Makerspace. We need to look at workflows - that is the order of tools used in the larger processes students will follow as they build different projects. The application and order that you use tools in a Makerspace is critical to success in brining a design into reality.
How does the 3D printer integrate into different workflows? Below are project examples that use different tools in various workflows:
Puppy Mobile: This is a great project because it highlights how to use a 3D printer in a class project. Think about your design and apply the 3D printer where it is most useful - on parts that cannot be formed with other tools. In this case, the class is building 17 Puppy Mobiles powered with a 9V batteries. Start in Tinkercad, then 3d print the battery case. Use the router table, drill press and Multi-max to cut and form the wood chassis.
Smart Mirror Frame: The 8th grade class is building Raspberry Pi smart mirrors. Just the frame of the mirrors had morphed into its own project! Instead of using wood and 3d printing separately, this frame (just one corner shown in the picture below) workflow strengthens the traditional wood joint cut by adding a 3D printed exoskeletal element (the blue clamp will be removed after the glue is dry).
Buggy: This project combines Arduino with foam board and 3D printed elements. While scoring and cutting works for most foamcore construction, when it comes to quickly modifying the 3d printed end cap parts without having to wait for a re-design and reprint 6th graders found it very useful to just use the Dremel rotary tools to add features to the 3D printed joints.
I have really found these tools to be useful in the Makerspace and in the Mechatronics classroom. They are safe, easy to store and transport. As teachers from other schools reach out to me and ask more about how we spend our money at St. Raymond in building out our Makerspace, I can say that Dremel as a company really hits the sweet spot for our students. - Mr. Hawthorn