3D printing is the newest trend in creating amazing projects! While regular 3D printers require advanced knowledge of computer-aided design, 3D printing pens allow anyone to be creative. If you can hold a pencil, you can 3D print!
Using 3D printing pens for personal use is completely different than using them in the classroom. This guide is designed by a teacher, for teachers. From the challenges I faced purchasing, to safety concerns with giving students pens that get too hot, I guarantee this tutorial will save you time and money!
This tutorial will also help you choose what pen type is best for your classroom. There are many different brands and filament types and sizes to choose from, so I have broken down my opinions on the top four most common 3D printing pen types. I teach a high school special education life skills class, and I am able to give every student in my class a pen they can safely use at their level (YES! There are pens that CANNOT burn your skin, I let my two year old use his own!)
I’ve also included instructions for using pens, techniques, troubleshooting, and projects in easy-to-read forms that students can use to gain mastery over their new skill. This guide will get your students closer to creating unique masterpieces with their 3D printing pens!
Included in this unit:
1) Intro to the 3D Printing Pen reading passage
2) Intro to the 3D Printing Pen questions
3) How to safely handle the 3D printing pen reading passage
4) How to safely handle the 3D printing pen questions
5) Techniques and troubleshooting 3D printing pen reading passage
6) Techniques and troubleshooting 3D printing pen questions
7) Parts and components to the 3D printing pen
8) Parts and components to the 3D printing pen study guide
9) Parts and components to the 3D printing pen quiz
10) How much does it cost to use the 3D pen to make projects reading passage
11) How much does it cost to use the 3D pen to make projects questions
12) Cost per Project Formula Page (With math formula to determine filament $$$)
13) How much does it cost to use the 3D pen to make projects practice page
14) 3D Printing Pen operating and safety test
15) 3D Printing pen certification cards
16) Techniques & Trouble-shooting the 3D printing pen (3 pages)
17) Filament comparison
18) 3D Printing pen buyers guide comparison (7 pages)
19) Practice projects and templates for 3D printing with a pen
(Each project comes with instructions and reflection page student will fill out after project is completed)
a. Project #1, Following lines, Objective: Comparing ink, line work
b. Project #2, Your name in a Box, Objective: Joining pieces together
c. Project #3, Building a bridge, Objective: Joining, complex line work
20) Pen cooling area printable template (For designated area to put pens while they are cooling)
Let me know if you have any questions, and have fun creating!
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