You know that feeling. You’ve spent hours designing and perfecting your model. You’ve leveled your build plate. You click print. And then you come back to check on it an hour later and your creation doesn’t even resemble what you modeled. Instead, it resembles spaghetti, bubble gum, your model having gone through a stair-stepper machine, or something else entirely. We’ve been there. There are a lot of things that can go wrong when 3D printing. Today we hope to highlight some of the most-common issues and how to minimize the likelihood of this happening to you.
Far too often the forgotten years, we’ve striven to create a truly comprehensive collection of kits for every STEM subject in middle school. These years are vitally important to the continued success of students and it extra important to create things students will find engaging. That’s why our main focus for these years has been on integrating STEM topics. Bringing math and science together through real-world scenarios and problem-based learning. This cross-curricular approach helps reinforce the importance of the subject matter as well as reiterating topics between classes to help solidify the content knowledge.
Getting started with 3D printing can be challenging. It’s a large investment up front and getting started is a bit intimidating. For starters, what do you print? If you haven’t invested in something like MyStemKits.com and our library of ready-to-go 3D STEM models, gaining access to quality models is sometimes a bit tricky. Especially when you start looking for 3D models, but can’t find ones designed for 3D printing and find all these strange file formats.
But don’t worry. We want everyone to have access to all that is available, so we’ve assembled a list of places you can go to get 3D models completely for FREE! And many of these sites are specifically designed with 3D printing in mind, which makes using the models a whole lot easier. This list has been arranged in such a way to indicate usefulness for an educator looking for printing these 3D models. So, start at the top and work your way down. Some of these you may have heard of and others may be new to you. Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s Go!
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