Project-based Learning STEM Kits that incorporate 3D printing are an excellent way for educators to introduce 3D printing to their students. They foster important skills that involve problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking. To better serve our education customers, we now offer 11 STEM 3D kits through our online store and our education reseller* network nationwide. [Read more…]
Rod Batschelet is the Technology Specialist at Benson Village School in Vermont. In his role, Batschelet instructs teachers how to integrate new technology, such as 3D printing, into the classroom. He also has an Associates Degree in graphic arts, and a certification in technology from Champlain College.
Introducing 3D Printing at Benson Village School
Benson Village welcomed the Afinia 3D printer into their school system three years ago. “After I had talked about 3D printing for some time, our district technology manager suggested we move forward with the idea,” says Batschelet. “I did plenty of research to find what I thought would be the perfect fit. Over and over, I saw the Afinia praised as the easiest to use out-of-the-box, easiest to repair on-the-fly, and reliable. So that’s what we chose, and I haven’t looked back!” [Read more…]
This one goes out to all of those 3D printing enthusiasts that fuel their 3D printers with lots of filament, and their bodies with lots of coffee! Celebrate National Coffee Day by 3D printing something that facilitates your caffeine consumption—below are some of our favorite ideas.
Are you crazy for Keurig?
The EinScan-Pro is equipped with four scan modes: Handheld Rapid Scan, Handheld HD (High Definition) Scan, Automatic Scan and Free Scan. Each scan mode is best suited for a particular application, so how does one choose the best mode?
The answer is to base your decision on two things:
- The object’s size and volume.
- Your required resolution and accuracy of the scan data.
3D scanning can be used for a variety of applications. But what do you do when the application calls for scanning a very large part?
The ES360 is equipped with two scan modes to accommodate both small and large scanning needs: fully automatic mode for smaller objects (7.8” cubed) and free/manual scan mode for larger objects (2.3’ cubed). On occasion, however, it may be necessary to automatically scan oversized parts (meaning they exceed the maximum factory recommendation) on the turntable.
This article guides you on how to extend the scan range to handle such scans. [Read more…]
Eric Haddad is Chief Problem Solver at DiFi3D (Dimensional Fidelity). DiFi3D makes product development accessible for ‘the little guy’ by keeping costs down in the prototyping phase by using the Afinia H800 and H480 3D printers.
DiFi3D Makes Dream Designs a Reality
Haddad started DiFi3D in 2012 as a side-gig, and has grown it into a full-time job that he’s passionate about. “I help people refine and visualize their dream design, and set their product on the path to reality. I work a lot with individuals, and many times their ideas are tied to living a dream life. It’s my job to take their idea and move it to the next level, and help them visualize it,” says Haddad, who designs the product in CAD and 3D prints it. From there, he works directly with manufacturers, attains quotes, and streamlines the project for manufacturing or assembly. [Read more…]
David “DC” Cardarelli is the Garage Manager at the EI Garage, a startup space at NC State University’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. This campus-wide program supports NC State entrepreneurship and innovation by providing students with intellectual and technological resources to foster their ideas and business.
Not Your Average Campus Makerspace
Makerspaces are becoming more common in communities and on campuses around the globe. The EI Garage at NC State University, however, sets itself apart. “We are a venture creation and prototyping space,” explains DC, Garage Manager. “It serves as a hub to come together and explore entrepreneurial ideas and interests. That certainly involves some aspects that are typical of makerspaces—like having 3D printers and other prototyping equipment available—but we are very proud to offer a much more business-creation focused space,” he adds. [Read more…]
Artists’ Stories of Success
We’ve seen 3D printing enter the arena in many fields: education, medicine, and engineering, to name a few. But another important field in which 3D printing is becoming popular, and being used for incredible creations, is art. With this medium becoming accessible to more artists, the possibilities of what they can create is nearly endless.
We had the privilege of speaking with five “Afiniacs”—individuals who are using their Afinia 3D printers to create masterful artwork—and we are excited to share their stories with you. Download our 4th volume eBook to read about the artists’ creations and experiences.
Haven’t read our previous eBooks?
Download them below for more stories of success.
Afinia 3D Printer-Enabled Innovators: Stories of Success, Vol I
Afinia 3D Printer-Enhanced Educators: Stories of Success, Vol II
Afinia 3D Printer-Inspired Educators: Stories of Success, Vol III
Shane Helmich is the 7th and 8th grade PLTW teacher at Olive Peirce Middle School in Ramona, CA. He teaches Design & Modeling and Automation & Robotics courses, incorporating 3D printing into each.
PLTW Building 3D Printing Experience
Olive Peirce Middle School purchased the Afinia H480 3D Printer two years ago. “The principal gave me the go-ahead to get a 3D printer because we had some extra funds, and wanted to expand the STEM curriculum,” explains Helmich. At the time, Helmich did not have experience with 3D printing, so he researched the 3D printers on the market. “The Afinia brand was recommended by Project Lead The Way (PLTW)” Helmich says. “I was told it was an easy setup, and would be a nearly ‘out-of-the-box’ option. [Read more…]
3D Printing at the Library
When the Afinia 3D printer arrived at the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, it was Librarian Kristine Mostyn’s first time using 3D printing technology. “It was fantastic. I picked up on it very fast. The first day we set it up, we were already printing. It was very easy, and the instructions were great. It was a relief that it worked right out of the box,” Mostyn explains. [Read more…]