A blog intended for, and often written by, my middle school students, as well as anyone interested in the fascinating potential of 3D printing and the process of getting there. Click the "Our BPC Story" blog label to learn more about our Maker Club journey.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Our Makerbot's Big Day
Tonight, the kids and I set up the Makerbot. It was all very exciting! Every time it moved its extruder nozzles so we could calibrate, or changed the color of the LED lights, we would get excited all over again. :)
The LCD panel / menu is a nice touch, as is the SD card slot. We opted to do a test print from an existing file, and settled on the dual extrusion calibration cube.
And, finally, the cube we had all been waiting for:
Ends up this calibration clube had a number of intricate designs on the inside layers; it was fascinating to watch what it coud do! Total print time was about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Yep, these consumer 3D printers aren't too speedy. But it is well worth the wait!
Stay tuned for more adventures of our 3D printers....