Saturday, July 29, 2017

Y2 3D Printed Cookie Cutter

Completed Design - Rafting to remain as part of design
Challenge: Looking to engage a Y2 student in a project it was decided to use 3D Printing to involve him in the creative process.   The student was able to select the image for his 3D Print which was then converted with the intention of it becoming a cookie cutter.
Background: The process that was used for the project came from this site, with the steps described under the 'beginners guide to 3D Printing'.
Level of Difficulty: Low - the student was six years old, so the conversion of the SVG file for its import into Tinkercad was conducted by an adult as it was felt that the student would not be able to do so independently.   (It should be pointed out that he was not given the opportunity and probably could have done so with instruction).  If you look closely at the design you can see the top left hand ear of the cat is in fact slightly seperated, ideally the original design would have a slightly thicker outline to allow for a thicker print.
Size: Strictly speaking for a cookie cutter this is quite a big design being 10cm across and 20cm high.
Timeframe: Four Hours - again as has been repeatedly stated we are now using a 8mm nozzle.
Process: An image on a google search, converted into a SVG file for an import into Tinkercad.  This was then stretched from its original flat design into a shape that would allow it to be used as a cookie cutter.
What we would do differently: The rafting was delibrately left on this print to help with the pressing of the print into the cookie dough.   As noted the width of the design ideally would have been slightly greater width of it to make the design more robust, however the creator was extremely pleased with it, including as a reason the fact he could make really big cookies from it.  

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