The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success

As someone in education, where do you get started, what examples exist of lesson plans for teachers to jump into 3D printing and start playing around. Today, I stumbled across a very interesting book: The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success by David Thornburg, Norma Thornburg and Sara Armstrong earlier this year. It comes in print and Kindle versions.

3DP_3D-300x262This book is an essential guide for educators interested in bringing the amazing world of 3D printing to their classrooms. Learn about the exciting technology, powerful new design software, and even advice for purchasing your first 3D printer. The real power of the book comes from a variety of teacher-tested step-by-step classroom projects. Eighteen fun and challenging projects explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, along with forays into the visual arts and design. The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom is written in an engaging style by authors with decades of educational technology experience.

The lesson plans range from the simple (Lesson 1 – Backpack Tag) the moderately difficult (Lesson 5 – Fan Powered Cars) and more complicated lessons such as Printing Your Own Fossil (Lesson 12) and Making a Greek Temple (Lesson 17). The lesson plans will take you through different software such as Inkscape, OpenSCAD, Meshlab, Tinkercad, Knitplot, Meshmixer, Sketchup Make and Let’s Create! Pottery.

I’ll be putting down my money for the kindle version, so I’ll no doubt be borrowing their ideas in future blog posts. Have you bought it? Have you used it? Let me know!

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