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?
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…]