3D Printer in the Classroom

I told my students I would bring my KNK 3D printer, the Klic-N-Print 3D, in at the end of the semester so that they could each have a scaled 3D model of their term projects. To introduce the concept, and as a team building exercise, I created these penny mortars (launchers). I gave them the pieces (and some extras just for laughs – cackle, cackle) in a brown bag without instructions. They competed for “1st team done assembling” and “longest penny pitch”. It was quite a bit of fun!

In a few weeks, I will have built penny catapults with several more pieces for the teams. They’ll have to walk through the same steps and we’ll see how much better they are at teamwork by then.

I downloaded the shared file, converted it, saved it to my memory card, and printed it on the KNP3D five times. Simple as can be! This is the test model. For the students I printed the penny mortar in black, red, blue, green, and bright green. There are many more colors to choose from. There is even glow-in-the-dark filament and I have a few halloween designs I’ll be trying out soon….I’m having too much fun!

Penny Mortar Penny Mortar Penny Mortar

The material (PLA) is made from corn and is biodegradable. It makes it easy to use indoors, and makes it environmentally friendly. I just love the KNP3D!

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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

4 thoughts on “3D Printer in the Classroom

  1. Amazing, how lucky your students are! I would love to have a 3D printer but for now will have to be satisfied with my KNK Zing. ~Diane

  2. Are you using a beta version? I have been checking the KNK USA web site since the announcement “It’s coming!” last year. The page still shows “pre-order”.

  3. Yes, you are correct! I actually got this one in for the St. Louis KNK Retreat. I believe they will be shipping very soon, but you could ask KNK USA directly for the ‘official’ word. 🙂

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