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Elevate Learning with Tinkercad and MakerBot in the Classroom!


Your imagination has a home in Tinkercad. This 3D world of fun shapes and colors allows you to create and print whatever you want– it’s all up to you. Tinkercad makes it easy for students to design accurate 3D models, whether they’re starting from scratch with their own ideas, browsing through Tinkercad’s community designs, or importing a model from Thingiverse. Dedicated to your students’ success, MakerBot provides these 3D printing resources to enhance STEAM learning and elevate creativity in your classroom.

After learning Tinkercad’s fundamentals, invite students to show you what they’ve learned with a challenge from MakerBot in the Classroom: the Make a Country Project. This project helps elementary school students explore geography and regional climates. Students use Tinkercad to design tiles that will join together to make a country. Each tile should represent water, land, mountains, and forest areas. They’ll have to create landscapes that resemble these features. Read on to learn how these essential Tinkercad lessons can come in handy for the Make a Country Project.

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7 Fun & Easy Lesson Plans to Jumpstart 3D Printing in Your Classroom

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Are you ready to take on a learning journey that keeps students motivated and engaged from start to finish? The MakerBot Learning Team’s got a great collection of 3D printing lesson plans to help get you started. You’ll reinforce complex STEAM concepts with Thingiverse projects that encourage experimentation and innovation. You’ll give your students the freedom to explore, design, and create new things, all in one lesson.

Many Thingiverse lesson plans come with step by step instructions, downloadable activity sheets, photos, and more. You’ll keep them engaged with interactive activities like building bridges, designing artifacts, making 3D-printed games, and more. Read on to check out some lesson plans that are sure to excite the innovators in your classroom.
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Hong Kong Polytechnic University Opens First MakerBot Innovation Center in Asia Pacific


MakerBot is pleased to announce the first MakerBot Innovation Center in Asia Pacific at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). The MakerBot Innovation Center will allow students, faculty and staff members to create an atmosphere of collaboration and learn about 3D printing, entrepreneurship, and innovation. PolyU is joining a growing number of leading universities across the globe that host a MakerBot Innovation Center to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.  Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Benefits of a Connected MakerBot 3D Printing Experience

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The creative process is more than just making new things. It’s being able to conceptualize and create without compromise. It’s having the ability to expand your project in any direction without any fear or limitation. It’s innovating more and stressing less. When you’re 3D printing with MakerBot, it’s exactly that.

Through our uniquely connected experience, everything you need to optimize your 3D print process is a click, a link, or a swipe away. You have the freedom to create, monitor, and share your print through a range of convenient options. We’ve connected each part of this experience in a way that you can’t find anywhere else. Dive in, and read more about how you can create exactly what you want, on your terms.

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Educators Come up Big at the First MakerBot STEAM Makeathon in NYC


The first summer STEAM Makeathon was a resounding success! Hosted at our Brooklyn headquarters, our Makeathon gathered educators from all levels for two fun-filled days of collaboration and learning. Attendees had free access to both Spheros and Ozobots, enjoyed a SOLIDWORKS breakout session, and walked away with their own 3D printing project for the classroom.

In the end, the Makeathon generated 14 projects that showcased the true potential of what 3D printing can do for students in STEAM classrooms. A few lucky teams even won MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers or an Ozobot Bundle with MakerBot in the Classroom.

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3D Design Made Easy: 3D Slash App Launches on Thingiverse


Learning 3D design software can be daunting for those who are just getting started with 3D printing. Luckily, there are a range of software solutions available that make it easy to take the first steps. 3D Slash is one of them and they just launched their first app on Thingiverse, allowing anyone to easily customize or create Things right within Thingiverse. The app offers a unique interface with a set of tools that allow users to build or modify 3D models by subtracting or adding a variety of cube shapes in a fun and game-like way. The app also offers advanced features, such as allowing users to import a 2D picture as a template for their 3D modeling creations. Read the rest of this entry »

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MakerBot’s Best Practices: Loading & Unloading Filament


You’ve got the perfect 3D print project. It’s the one that caught your eye on Thingiverse, the one that stood out amidst thousands of others. Or perhaps it’s more personal and you designed it yourself. Either way, you can’t wait to see it completed. We know how you feel. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but the correct handling of your filament is a major component of any print success. By knowing how to successfully load and unload your filament, you can avoid filament jams, bypass print interruption, prevent damage to your extruder, and more.

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Time’s 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time


Everyone loves a good list and Time magazine recently put one out for the ages. A team of business and tech editors, writers, and reporters took on the steep task of naming “The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time”. They sought to find “the tech that forever changed the way we live, work, and play.”

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Thingiverse MakerEd Challenge 2.0: Share Your 3D Printing Lesson Plans

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Desktop 3D printing is transforming the way educators teach 21st-century skills by enabling students to tackle real-world problems in clear, tangible ways—at any grade level. Integrating 3D printing in the classroom, however, isn’t easy and finding lesson plans can be challenging.

To encourage educators who have experience with 3D printing to share their lesson plans with others, MakerBot is excited to announce the Thingiverse #MakerEd Challenge 2.0. As the world’s largest 3D printing community, Thingiverse has become a popular destination for educators and the increasing number of lesson plans available make it an even greater resource. Educators can publish and discover 3D printing lesson plans on Thingiverse, complete with learning objectives and instructions. Read the rest of this entry »

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3D Printing Goes Viral: Thousands of PSU Students Benefit from MakerBot

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In just three months, Maker Commons has logged over 18,000 hours of print time and over 2,000 successful prints. This 3D printing center at Penn State University features the MakerBot Innovation Center, which has 32 MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers. Every PSU student is allowed access to Maker Commons’ convenient 3D print delivery service. Students can simply upload a 3D design via the Maker Commons website and request that it be printed and shipped to them. Faculty members can also use this system to request 3D-print objects and models for class. The lab is helping to expand the university’s entrepreneurship and research efforts. Students are benefitting from rapid prototyping and exciting new class projects. PSU’s enjoying the gift that keeps on giving from MakerBot: large-scale 3D print innovation.

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