3D printing needs no introduction. People are already saying that 3D printing is signalling to the beginning of the 3rd Industrial Revolution. Due to the advancement in CAD modelling software, user interface, computer hardware and open availability of schematics for building your own 3D printer on platforms like Instructables we are heading towards the concept of “If you can imagine it, you can build it”
Companies like Autodesk are focusing a lot on the gamut of 3D printing hardware and it’s allied software. It has come up with 123 Design suit which makes 3D printing and other rapid prototyping sort of kid’s play. They have software ranging from app based 3D scanner to circuit making to online CAD modelling. The learning curve for this suit is not that step and the best part is that kids are able to pick it up super quick. We are setting up a makerspace in Riverside School and I see kids making wonderful stuff with the software.
When it comes to 3D printing hardware then a lot of people already know about Makerbot. I’ve personally used their printers and they are quite good for home or educational purpose. The 3D printer “Creator Bot” which we are using in the school is built by a bunch of awesome people from Bangalore. The resolution and finish of the printer is as good as the mass manufacturer Makerbot but at a fraction of the cost. Head to Creator Bot website to check out the things they have to offer.
We are building our own 3D models as well as downloading some for free from thingiverse. It so much fun to see a 3D CAD model come to life in front of your eyes.