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Tech: FlashForge 3D Printers

Written by: ShaheeraK

Edited by: SydneyS

 

Thank you to Hui Momilani Foundation President, David Matsushita, for donating 4 Flashforge 3D printers to us. Donated a few months ago, they help support the STEAM concept in this school. Using a 3D printing design program called TinkerCAD, students can print things anything they wish, from name tags, to prosthetics. 3D printers can change the world and its generations.

 


A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.”

– President Barack Obama


First of all, you might ask, what is 3D printing and what can you do with it? Well, 3D printing is an additive manufacturing process of making a three dimensional object using an online file (.STL). The printer layers thin, melted material to form anything you choose.

 


Students, grades 3-6, will use these devices in technology class, occuring once a week (this doesn’t mean we use the 3D printers everyday). They can print free-style, or print to complete assignments. The last assignment assigned to all grade levels was a name tag, to indicate if your project to printing. There have been some fails, and some successes. Mr. Asselstine, the technology teacher, recently released a new assignment asking for suggesting future 3D printing projects. The cool thing about using 3D printers is you can print more gadgets for your printer, to make it more advanced. In the future, students might use them more, but since they’re new, we are still discovering how to use them.

 

Again, we give a big mahalo to David Matsushitaand the Momilani Foundation, for donating four 3D printers to our school.