|BPC kids with Brook Drumm, Printrbot|
|Brook Drumm tells the story of the Robohand|
|The kids get a sneak peek at upcoming Printrbot models|
"The medical stuff was maybe most interesting. I saw a story about this guy who had cancer and his face was, like, gone. Then they scanned his face and made a patch (a mirror image). It was new and I hadn't really seen that technology used for medical uses before." - Noah, 8th grade
A lot of the technology we've already seen. [The Expo floor] wasn't necessarily new showcase technology. But there was one booth that did showcase technology that I hadn't seen before. It was a company Sixense. [UPDATED 2.5.14: Their Kickstarter launched today.] They had used motion track technology they used in video games to make a tool that makes modeling in 3D a lot easier and is a new way to approach modeling - as close as we can get to modeling something with our own hands." - Isaac, 8th grade
"This first show [seemed to be] to show 3D printing to the general public. I'm hoping next year, once 3D printing has caught on more, that 3D Printer World Expo will be more of a show to release new upcoming printers." - Cole, 8th grade
"I liked a lot of the Stratasys booth cuz it had a lot of working mechanisms, like gears and stuff. Also, that electroplate Afinia stuff was cool, too, with the electroplated ABS plastic." - Morgan, 8th grade
Things we (I) will follow up with:
- Octoprint - Connect your printer to any small embedded and WiFi enabled device (such as the Raspberry Pi) and this open source software allows you operate your printer from any browser!
- Getting reading glasses for our Kinect
- GrabCAD - seems like this is the Thingiverse for engineers? Perhaps not useful for students at this time
- Teaching about patents in the curriculum. Especially now that I learned that, unlike copyright, there is no Fair Use with patents - no exception for home use, or personal use. I already teach the kids about Creative Commons, Copyright, and Fair Use, but I'll need to work in some patent awareness as these teens experiment in our remix culture.