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MakerBot Learning’s Top Five Educational 3D Design Apps

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Every school deserves access to quality resources for its students. Every student should have the chance to learn, explore, and grow with the best resources available. After frequent talks with educators and other customers, we’ve learned that 3D design apps are extremely valuable for the learning process. These 3D design apps, best explored on laptops, desktops, or iPads, help students conceptualize, shape, and model designs for new projects. Read on to check out MakerBot’s top five free 3D design apps that will help elevate learning in your classroom.

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Improve Retention: 8 Lesson Plans That Reinforce STEAM Learning for Students

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Enhance STEAM learning in your classroom with engaging challenges like building racecars, creating 3D puzzles, designing airboats, and more! MakerBot Learning has brought together advanced 3D printing lessons that are as rewarding as they are challenging. Through lessons that involve 3D design and iteration, educators can improve learning retention and reinforce tough concepts. Peruse this fun collection of Thingiverse lesson plans and pick a project that’ll inspire big STEAM exploration in your classroom.

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MakerBot Learning Tips: How to Lay Out Files in MakerBot Desktop

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You’ve downloaded, designed, or scanned a 3D file. You’ve imported it into MakerBot Desktop and are staring hard at that Print button. We know you’re itchin’ to print; but before you do, you always want to find the best layout for your file in MakerBot Desktop. Doing so will ensure greater overall success and a better foundation once you start printing.

3D printing is like building a house; if the foundation isn’t solid, the house probably won’t be stable. To set you up for success, this MakerBot Learning Tips video offers general guidelines for laying out your design file in MakerBot Desktop. We also provide more info and tips later in this post.

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MakerBot Learning Tips: Print Settings in MakerBot Desktop

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The more you know about MakerBot Desktop, the more powerful it becomes. One of the most important features in MakerBot Desktop, if not the most, are the Print Settings. These settings dictate how your print will be made. With these settings, you can optimize your 3D print for the best results, no matter what you’re printing —be it a prosthetic, a prototype, a jig, or a coaster.

To help you achieve more with MakerBot Desktop, this MakerBot Learning Tips video defines key settings and offers general best practices. Below, we also break down how different settings can affect your print time as well as the strength, surface quality, and weight of your 3D print. Ultimately, what’s a priority for your 3D print is entirely up to you, so we encourage you to experiment with these settings.

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MakerBot Learning Tips: Exporting Files from MakerBot Desktop

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You’re almost there. You’ve imported your print file, you’ve laid it out, and you’ve tweaked your print settings. All you need to do now is export and print. In this short MakerBot Learning Tips video and post, we’ll go over best practices for exporting your file from MakerBot Desktop.

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MakerBot Celebrates The National Week of Making with our Washington, D.C. STEAM Makeathon

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In celebration of this year’s National Week of Making, we held our final MakerBot STEAM Makeathon in the nation’s capital. Educators collaborated together on exciting 3D printing projects and lessons that will inspire our next generation of tinkerers, designers, builders, and makers. They took a two-day journey through the world of 3D printing with the MakerBot team, who hosted breakout sessions on 3D design, modeling, printing, and more. As with the previous Makeathons, educators split into teams to design and create 3D printing projects for their classrooms and went on to compete for the first place prize of MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Educators Use 3D Printing to Bring STEAM Lesson Plans to Life at MakerBot’s Chicago Makeathon

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At our third STEAM Makeathon event, educators convened at the Industrial Arts & Design Center in Chicago to create exciting 3D printing projects for their curriculums. In just two days, these teachers, tinkerers, and 3D printing enthusiasts brought STEAM lessons to life with engaging 3D models and prints. Attendees also enjoyed breakout sessions on 3D printing, 3D design, photographing 3D prints, and post-processing 3D prints. With some help from the MakerBot team, they created 3D printing lesson plans that could advance student learning while satisfying standards.
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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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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

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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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