David Shircliff is the Technology Education teacher for Loudoun County schools. He has been teaching for 26 years, and loves when students have the “ah-ha” moment when they figure something out for themselves.
Inspiring Students with 3D printing and Robotics
David Shircliff, a Technology Education teacher at Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn, VA, printed a life-size R2-D2* for his class using the Afinia H800 3D printer. After a year of printing between student projects and ten 1000g rolls of mainly ABS filament, and with the help of VEX components, this beautiful astromech droid was created.
Not only can the robot move around, it speaks droid, spins its head, and the upper arm pops out. This is an excellent example of what is possible when 3D printing is combined with robotics and creativity.
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* Afinia is not affiliated in any way with Disney or the Star Wars franchise.
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We are excited to add another option to our H-Series of 3D Printers! The new Afinia H400 is a culmination of affordability, reliability, and simplicity, making it a perfect option for anyone wanting an easy, out-of-the-box 3D printing experience.
About the H400 3D Printer
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