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3D Printing Tips for Schools

  • Best 3D Printers for Primary and Elementary Schools - 2018

    Choosing a 3D printer for your school can be a difficult decision. While many will be great for high school students or a hobbyist, some are less suited for regular use in a K-8 classroom or library environment. At Makers Empire, we’ve helped thousands of K-8 teachers in Australia, America, Europe and Asia integrate 3D...

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  • FlashForge Inventor IIS 3D Printer Review: testing for suitability for schools

    Considering buying a 3D printer for your primary school, elementary school or middle school? Wondering how to choose between the best 3D printer for your school from the dozens of 3D printer options for schools? Not sure what you should be looking for in a 3D printer, but knowing that you need something affordable, reliable...

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  • Quiz: which 3D printer is right for your school?

    3D printing technology is improving every day, which means more choices for schools wanting to integrate 3D printing and design thinking into their teaching. But how do you decide which 3D printer is right for your school? At Makers Empire, we've worked with thousands of K-8  teachers in Australia, America, Asia and Europe to support their...

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  • Best 3D printers for schools (with built-in air filtration)

    Buying a 3D printer for your school? Read this essential post to learn why you should choose a 3D printer with a built-in air filtration system. [su_spacer size="20"] Why is air filtration important? In a Ultrafine particle emissions from desktop 3D printers' study by Stephens et al, 3D printers were characterised as “high emitters” of Ultra Fine...

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  • Top 12 tips for setting up a school Makerspace

    Keen to set up a successful Makerspace for your school? Makerspaces are an awesome way to engage students in hands-on learning through making. Students love the practical experience of creating and problem solving that goes into making. Furthermore, classroom teachers have told us that Makerspaces are an effective way to engage less motivated students into learning...

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  • Up! Mini 2 3D Printer Unboxing and First Impressions

    In this video, Luke from Makers Empire takes you through the process of unboxing and setting up the popular Up! Mini 2 3D printer. This popular printer is an ideal printer for K-8 schools to use with Makers Empire's 3D printing learning program. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbShEYoqUqvKP-bQzVqfVQm6VFGJ_BCxb [su_spacer size="40"] Makers Empire: Better learning by design Makers Empire helps...

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  • 7 top tips to make reliable 3D prints - every time! (VIDEO)

    In this video, Luke from Makers Empire shares 7 top tips to get your 3D printer to produce reliable 3D prints every time. These expert, valuable tips will have you 3D printing like a pro in no time. https://youtu.be/mzGTAyisUgQ [su_spacer size="40"] Makers Empire: Better learning by design Makers Empire helps K-8 teachers teach STEM/STEAM concepts, design...

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  • Essential Guide to 3D Printing Terminology (VIDEO)

    https://youtu.be/wDuAouP-SfY In this new video, Luke from Makers Empire explains common 3D printer terminology using the Up! Box 3D printer as an example. This is a great guide for teachers who are new or newish to 3D printing. [su_spacer size="40"] Makers Empire: Better learning by design Makers Empire helps K-8 teachers teach STEM/STEAM concepts, design thinking...

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  • How to send a print to your Up! 3D Printer using Up! Studio software

    Does your school have an Up! Box printer? In this video, Luke from Makers Empire Luke from Makers Empire takes you step-by-step through the process of sending a print to your Up! Box 3D Printer using the Up Studio software. https://youtu.be/L3jC_dDRXGc [su_spacer size="40"] Makers Empire: Better learning by design Makers Empire helps K-8 teachers teach STEM/STEAM...

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  • Up! Box+ Printer Unboxing and First Impressions (Video)

    https://youtu.be/lNLunYVthoA Welcome to the first video in a new series of videos about 3D printing hardware, materials and accessories. In this video, Luke from Makers Empire takes you through what to expect when you unbox the popular Up! Box+ Printer. This printer is a great option for K-8 schools. [su_spacer size="40"] Makers Empire: Better learning...

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  • How to create metal-look 3D printed objects (Colorfabb Bronzefill review)

    At Makers Empire HQ, we're always experimenting with new 3D printers and filaments so we can pass on what we've learned to the hundreds of K-8 schools using our 3D Printing Learning Program. Lately, we've been trying out some new 3D printing materials and finishing techniques to create a metal-look effect on 3D printed models. Here's...

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  • 3D Printing in Makerspaces

    Makerspaces are popping up in classrooms and libraries in elementary/primary schools everywhere and 3D printers seem to be on the top of everyone's must have lists. We've seen many makerspace teachers excitedly unbox their new 3D printer, only to ask 'what do I do now?' or to become quickly disillusioned and frustrated with the time...

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  • 3D Printer Review: is the Up Mini 2 the best for schools?

    At Makers Empire, we have tried many different 3D printers over the years. Given that our 3D printing app and software is designed for schools works, all our testing has been focused on finding the answer to this question: what is the best 3D printer for elementary/primary/middle schools? With this in mind, here's our review of the Up...

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  • Time and money saving 3D printing tips

    Don't bother with cheap filament unless you can VERIFY it works with your printer. We've been down this path many times to save $10-15/kg - our conclusion is it is NOT worth it One jam, one failed print, one clogged printer will all ruin the savings! ABS prints tend to "lift" from the build plate...

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  • 3D Printing Safety in Schools

    Safety issues and location Elementary/primary and middle schools need to think about safety. High school workshops are likely to have proper exhaust systems and teachers used to working around dangerous equipment - this is often not available in K-8 schools. A quick summary of safety recommendations we have seen: Enclosed printers - so children can't...

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  • What to buy: a $99 or $5000 3D printer

    [caption id="attachment_1969" align="aligncenter" width="459"] Expensive: Cubicon Single 3D printer - has many of the latest features[/caption] The "tuned in" $99 Kickstarter printer (see this great review of the Tiko) is likely to be able to print quite good quality and a $1000 printer is likely to be able to achieve very similar quality to a...

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  • Why 3D printing is going to frustrate you

    What you're going to be disappointed about Speed Printing is currently slow - an object the size of a golf ball is likely to take 30 minutes to print out. You CAN print out multiple objects at a time and leave them to print over night - the main limitation is the size of the...

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  • What to use a 3D printer for?

    1. Learn about 3D printers from a hardware/technology point of view. Learn how to put it together, build it, fix it, keep it running. This better suited to high school workshops, but can work in the lower years (but prepared to be patient). Almost any 3D printer on the market would work for this! You...

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  • Cubicon Single Help - tips and tricks

    Our Cubicon Single was working OK for about a week and then it stopped. The printer does an 8 step auto-bed level before every print, this means the bed is motorized, which is great! However, for this to work the bed must be within certain tolerances and I guess ours was out. During the 8...

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  • 3D Printer Review: Cubicon Single 3D Printer

    Thinking about buying a 3D printer? At Makers Empire we're always on the look out for 3D printers that we can recommend to the primary or elementary schools that use our 3D printing app and learning program. As we are looking for printers that would work well in a school setting we value reliability and durability over outright...

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  • Cubicon Single - benchy

    We recently received a Cubicon Single and I wanted to document our journey with it and its suitability to elementary or primary school classrooms. Here is a Verbatim PLA benchy with a bunch of paperclip/lace clips. You can see some warping on the clips and some didn't stick well enough - this was disappointing. I...

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  • 4 essential things to consider when buying a 3D printer

    At Makers Empire we are continually testing different 3D printers in our office - we probably have the printers running 30 hours+ a week. These printers mostly fall in the $1,000-$2,000 range as  we want to test the latest printers for their suitability in terms of schools. There are four essential things you need to consider when buying a 3D printer: Size of the...

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  • Top 10 3D printers as reviewed by Make: magazine

    Make: magazine recently did a comprehensive review of 26 different 3D printers. It chose 10 printers as Standouts: Best in shootout print quality / overall winner: Ultimaker 2 Thin wallet win: Printrbot Simple Metal Most maker machine: Lulzbot Taz 4 Feature packed: Replicator 5th Generation Happy mediums: Zortrax and Ditto Pro Rookie of the year:...

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