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Brook offered us a generous discount to get started and about the same time I was fortunate to win a teaching award, so it seemed everything was in place to purchase our first 3D printer! Brook even came down with the printer to help set it up and teach us how it worked! (You can read Printrbot's side of the story here.)
This Makerbot (which I paid for out-of-pocket) inspired our first formal BPC 3D printing after school club in the spring of 2013. Partly to recoup some of the cost of the machine and mostly to have a sandbox environment to experiment, a small group of students and I met weekly and this blog was born! :)
(2013) Printrbot Jr. v.2
After a wonderful summer opportunity involving 3D scanning, modeling and printing at the Advanced Light Source at the Berkeley National Labs, I was excited to learn more with my students during the 2013-2014 school year. Plus, the summer stipend made it more palatable to purchase my classroom's third 3D printer. This time, going back to our roots, we went with Brook Drumm's newly released Printrbot Jr. v.2, again with a generous discount. This gave us a chance to work with PLA, especially in light of some recent research about ABS ultra-fine particulate.
(2013) Cube 2
first one, but 3D Systems quickly replaced it with a fully functioning machine. We had our share of trouble getting the second one started, too, but after the initial bumps it has been very reliable. This is our first truly proprietary machine, and we've had mixed feelings about that, but it is now the most dependable machine of the bunch.
UPDATE 5.20.14: Just in time for Maker Faire, we received a gift of a new Printrbot Metal Simple. Read more here.
I'll let the kids share their opinions...
"The Cube is best for high-precision parts, or parts you need right away. The Makerbot is my favorite, because it balances the ease of use with the ability to control it and tinker with it." (Jane, 7th grade)
"My Favorite printer is the MakerBot because it has a good customize ability to working ratio and we still have not figured out dual extrusion so I have and end goal." (Abe, 7th grade)
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