@Pozible Success!

You might have joined this blog because of the Pozible campaign I’ve been running over the last 6 weeks. Well, it’s been hard work in that time, getting my name out there to newspapers, doing radio interviews, podcasts, giving public presentations, writing this blog and being emailing people I don’t know for support, shares and re-tweeting.

BUT at the end of all that, we have ACHIEVED SUCCESS!

I had a lot of support from friends, family and colleagues at Deakin University and lovely people who contacted me from twitter and from newspaper articles (and this blog!). Together we managed to raise $8000 for the project which means we should be able to get 3 printers on this project.

We also received support from Xtreme Technology in Geelong, who are keen to help us get more printers down the track and do some great events and competitions with their locals in Geelong, Victoria.

I will continue to use this blog as the mouthpiece of the project, so you can see what we’re doing with the money raised and to communicate the progress of 3D printers in primary schools in 2015 and beyond!

Thanks for your support!

George wanted to give everyone two thumbs up for their support.

George wanted to give everyone two thumbs up for their support.

Putting 3D Printers Into Schools

Premier Napthine campaining for re-election in Victoria, Australia

3D printers have come down in price significantly in the last 5 years, which now puts them into the range of being available to schools and teachers as part of the learning process. Last year, the US President Obama said in his “State of the Union” Address

Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio.  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.  There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns.

Similarly, in Victoria, Australia, where we will go to the polls at the end of the month, Premier Napthine has promised to put 3D printers into every secondary school will receive $3000 to buy a 3D printer. The secondary schools will also receive $750 each in “consumables” to go with the printers. The Premier said,

This means nearly 400 schools across the state will be able to have these 3D printers

This impetus to put 3D printers into schools has achieved more and more attention with both small and larger 3D printer companies like Makerbot coming to this space. Makerbot founder and Chief Executive Bre Prettis is keen on getting his printers into every school in the US as a stimulus for creativity.

Instead of waiting for someone to create a product for you, you can create your own…It can change the whole paradigm of how our children will see innovation and manufacturing in America.

Combined with lowering the prices of his printers, crowd-funding and business support it seems that this might actually happen. This critical mass of industry, government and education might be enough to get more and more printers into schools.

Has your school got a 3D printer?

Read more:
– http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/victoria-state-election-2014/schools-become-battlegrounds-as-election-campaign-heats-up-20141027-11cihh.html#ixzz3Iu7aJdR0
– http://www.cnet.com/au/news/makerbot-wants-to-put-a-3d-printer-in-every-us-public-school/

Getting familiar with 3D Printing and Technology

3D Printing is one of those technologies that some people LOVE and some people who for whatever reason don’t really care about having this new technology in their lives. But how do we get people to be more familiar with this new technology? One way was taken by a German company who put 3D scanners and printers into a mall, so that you can have a 3D printed version of yourself. I tweeted a link to the article yesterday.

Screenshot 2014-11-11 12.23.38Would this make you a bit more familiar with 3D technology? Other options might include  highlighting the ways we use 3D technology.

– 3D ultrasounds – http://www.4dbonding.com.au/
– 3D scanning in plastic surgery and reconstruction – http://3dprintingindustry.com/2014/10/29/jaw-cancer-3d-printing/
– 3D Augmented Reality – http://augmentedev.com/

Augmented Reality allows us to incorporate 3D data into our lives, via drawing lines on maps, allowing us to put 3D models of furniture into our homes to see how they would fit, or even allowing clothes to be superimposed onto ourselves to see if they would suit us. More about Augmented Reality.

My project is about putting 3D printers in schools, which is essentially another avenue that can be used to introduce students and teachers to this new technology. Introducing them to 3D printers in primary school will mean when they start working with them in high school, they will be tools that they worked with earlier in their lives. My hope is that they will be engaging tools, that will allow students to construct, design, and modify objects within a 3D space. Imagine what they will be able to do when using 3D technology is no different to using tools on the internet. I am looking forward to what they can do.

What made you interested in 3D printing?

#3DPrinting Sperm Cells and Augmented Reality at #TMClevedon

This is a great blog post from Dave White’s great blog in 3D printing and Education. Here the focus is not just on 3D printing, but how it can work with Augmented Reality so that kids can have the experience of interacting with a 3D digital object in space, but then print out the object as well. Great idea!


At the Teachmeet tonight Mr Davis one of our Science teachers did a presentation about some work he has been doing with Mr White from @ClevedonDT.

Mr Davis used the 123D Creature iPad app to create a 3D virtual model of a sperm cell and has experimented with showing students how it can be viewed in 3D with the Augment app. He also showed Mr White who said “How would you like to 3D print that?”… So after a bit more experimentation here is the result on YouTube.

The 3D printed cells were printed using a Cubify Cube printer and a 3D Touch.

So here is a great example of STEM teachers working together to produce something that can be used in lessons with both Science and D&T students!

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3D Printing Design with an Haptic Stylus #3DprintingED http://bit.ly/1nxguhQ

One of the problems I can forsee for 3D printing is the interface. Just like the uptake of desktop publishing and design years ago, you have to be able to design using tools such as InDesign or Photoshop or any of the others. This might fit well for some people, but it doesn’t work so well for others. Drawing with a mouse is far less intuitive and fulfilling than when drawing with a pencil or working with a paintbrush. But now these things have been incorporated into our interactions with computers. Products like Intuos allow us to draw on a pad which is connected to the program, styluses allow us to draw on tablets and even digital paintbrushes like the Sensubrush allow us to paint on tablets, taking into account things like pressure and brushstroke.

But what about 3D printers? While I am quite happy to design using a computer interface, this isn’t for everyone. How would a sculptor, who has worked his/her whole life in very physical materials going to work with 3D programs? While they could learn how to do the desktop version, it is limiting, so designing a tool that allows a more visceral process of design is as important as developing a stylus that works with your iPad.

2014_Sculpt_banner_640x440This is the gap that a Haptic Stylus fills. Haptic technology is simply technology that is designed to give you a sense of touch. This could be as simple as your your xbox controller vibrating during a driving game or anything more sophisticated.

Offering ‘precise positioning input and instant force feedback that mimics the sense of physical sculpting,’ the Touch 3D stylus gives you more control, and a sense of feeling what you are designing. The user employs the haptic stylus, or arm, gaining the ability to ‘harness the power of virtual clay.’

I think this would be great for people coming to 3D printing who aren’t that tech savvy and perfect for young children coming to this technology for the first time. What is more satisfying for a young kid to smash through clay or being able to sculpt clay like on a spinning wheel? It also allows for a more delicate touch, allowing for more nuanced design.

Check out more information about this at Geomagic.com

Link: http://3dprint.com/21860/3d-systems-geomagic-sculpt/

Week 1: 3D Printing and Education Pozible

If you’ve been on this page for a little bit, you might be wondering why I’m promoting 3D printers.

Well, I am running a crowdfunding Pozible campaign: http://www.pozible.com/3dthefuture

I’m very much interested in getting 3D printers intro primary schools (elementary schools in the US) and giving teachers the opportunity to use 3D printers in the teaching of science.

It’s been a week already and I’m about 20% of the way to achieving the $5000 I need to get two 3D printers for this project. I’ve been emailing, twittering and speaking to people in that time, drumming up for support for what many people I’ve spoken to have called

“A FANTASTIC project”

Of course, we’ve got a long way to go, so if you can spread the word around, with teachers, parents, techno-philes and students, I’d be greatly in your debt. If you can support the campaign in $$ that’s awesome, but if you can support it in some other way, that’s awesome as well 🙂

Here’s my video for the Pozible campaign, in case you missed it.


Blokify the @Cubify iPad app to get young pupils into #3DPrinting

A 3d ipad App – Blokify to get your young kids into #3dPrinting


Personally I’m not all that into games on computers or tablets, I see these devices as being more for “doing” things with. But a can see that these programs and apps have great appeal to youngsters. So why not use them as a way to introduce kids to designing an making with 3D printing?

Well that’s just what 3D Systems and Cubify have done with the new app “Blokify”. It’s available for iOS and Android. Here is the link to the Apple App Store.

The app is a bit like “Minecraft” in that simple blocks (bloks?) can be assembled into all sorts of structures… Castles, forts, etc. And then of course exported or in this case emailed as a .stl file.

Even for an oldie like me who has never played with computer games the app proved to be extremely intuitive to construct my castle…. A colleague of mine…

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The ankle bone’s connected to the … 3D-printed titanium implant

A great use of 3D printing for medical use!

News @ CSIRO

3D printed titanium heel implant The 3D-printed titanium heel implant

Surgery has come a long way since the days when it consisted of either cutting things out or cutting them off. But there are still conditions where amputation is the only alternative.

One of them, until recently, was bone cancer.

Len Chandler was facing the prospect of having his leg off below the knee when he was diagnosed with cancer of the calcaneus (heel bone). Until his surgeon, Professor Peter Choong from Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital, had an idea.

He knew about CSIRO’s work in titanium 3D, after reading about our work on producing an orthotic horseshoe in 2013. He got in touch with John Barnes, our titanium and 3D printing expert, asking whether his vision – a metallic implant which would support a human body’s weight – could become a reality.

3D printed heel implant 3D printed heel implant. Note the rough surface for flesh to adhere to

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Pozible: The beginning #3dprintingED

A few months ago I had started to think about 3D printing in the context of what I do at work. Usually, my job at Deakin University is about Science Education, trying to get teachers to try different things with their students in an effort to teach them more effectively.

More recently my work has focussed on the use of ‘representations’ in science. Which is the simple idea that we represent things with models, we use models to understand the particles in matter we can’t see, we use graphs to represent what might be happening etc. This can be done with diagrams, animations, symbols or simply with children drawing their ideas.

I’ll talk a bit more about representations in future posts. Anyway, I thought it would be good to apply representations to 3D printing, which is becoming more and more popular in our modern world. I’m up with science updates most of the time and it seems that every other day, some new breakthrough had been made in the world of 3D printing. I thought it would be a good idea to see how we could use this new technology in the classroom and whether we could give teachers the experience in using these, and to start thinking about how 3D printers could be used in classrooms in their own right, with their own possibilities, beyond that of copying what is done with textbooks or other technologies.

So here we are, at the start of this Pozible campaign. It starts LIVE tomorrow and I’m trying to raise $5000 to do research, looking at how 3D printers can be used in primary (or elementary) classrooms. So please, come on this journey with me, help raise some money for this project, and hopefully along the way, I’ll share with you some of the possibilities of 3D printing in to the future.



George Aranda