Schools have widely adopted the Tinkercad design tool for 3D printing. It can also be a very powerful tool for teaching other concepts through project-based learning. In this class you will get to know experiences and effective practices around the introduction of Tinkercad in its use for teaching several STEAM topics for audiences that include children as young as 8 years old. Discover how kids end up getting involved in 3D printing while learning about math, sciences, and artall while playing with a surprisingly intuitive tool.
Educators in search of experiences around applying 3D modeling and 3D printing in a classroom.
Guillermo Melantoni has a degree in architecture from Facultad de Arquitectura in Uruguay. He has worked as a design professor at state and private architecture schools, and he was also a consultant for architectural firms, specializing in 3D modeling, rendering, and animations. In 2006 Autodesk, Inc., Argentina hired him, and he moved to Buenos Aires and became an application engineer, doing demos and pilots involving the main Autodesk products for architecture, engineering, construction, and manufacturing. In 2008 Guillermo became product manager for AutoCAD software, leading the introduction of mesh and surface modeling in AutoCAD 2010/2011 software, as well as other features like parametric design. In 2010 he moved into Suites, Web Services, and Subscriptions (SWSS) as a project manager for user workflows and interoperability, delivering the Suite Workflows feature. He's currently product line manager in the Consumer Products Team for Meshmixer, Tinkercad, and the 123D app product line.
The rise of consumer-level 3D printing brings many opportunities and some challenges. 3D printing can produce functional parts, but limitations of the technology mean that designers must account for these constraints early in the design process. In this class we will spend some time understanding exactly how these printers work, with a particular emphasis on how a 3D design is translated into actual toolpaths. Based on this, we will be able to understand how to manage particular issues that affect printability and strength of parts, such as overhangs, wall thickness, filament orientation, and so on. Designers will be able to successfully create parts that are both functional and good-looking. The class will include an overview of relevant software tools from Autodesk, Inc., and other companies. In addition to these topics, the 2014 session will address developments in consumer 3D printing, including new printing technologies, soluble support materials, and articulated joints.