We were very fortunate to be able to expand the Mechatronics program at St. Raymond to cover 1st though 8th grade for the '15-'16 school year. One of the challenges in expanding the program was how to get some of the larger tools like 3D printers from classroom to classroom. I wanted to share one of the solutions we came up with this summer: The 3D printer cart.
The cart is a re-purposed i-Pad charging station. Originally it had two drawers with slots for a total of 40 i-Pads with the old-style 30-pin Apple connectors. The two drawers were converted to hold USB battery sticks that give portable power to student projects (more in a follow-up post). The top of the cart turned out to be the perfect size for the Dremel 3D printer. Because the cart already was already wired with 120v there was almost no work to mount the 3D printer on to the cart to be able to take it from classroom to classroom so all of the students can have access to it!