Wednesday, May 23, 2018

3D Printed Student Stationary Organiser

Above: Completed project in overview
Challenge: Student wanted to produce a stationary organiser for her sister to use in the classroom to organise her classroom equipment.  Background: This student had produced a number of prints and designs in the classroom both this year and last year.  In this task she was looking for a gift to give to her sister that would have a purpose and a use.    There were a number of examples of this type of design many of which were featured on this blog both last year and this year.   The student who created this project is ten years old.
Level of Difficulty: Medium - this project had a number of aspects to it, all of which that needed to work to ensure that it was successful.  The design as created and shown in photographs had been somewhat inspired by other class projects.   The unicorn shown above the students name and to the left was the same design as featured in the 'recycled' project from two posts ago.  The cylinder designs shown in the photograph and the box are all from the basic Tinkercad interface.   The idea between the 'l' shape design shown in the back left hand corner was to allow a ruler to be slide into place.
Timeframe: Sixteen hours was the total for the project, while this may seem to be quite considerable some of the other projects in this series have approached or been over the twenty hour mark, the key difference is the width or the thickness of the cylinders.  In previous versions these have been as thick as 20mm.   These cylinders are no more than 5mm thick.
Size: Square base of the design is 120mm by 120mm.   The width of the base plate was 5mm.   The cylinders height varied from 50mm to 100mm to 120mm.  The height of the unicorn was 40mm.
What we would do differently: Minimal - the project intentions, given the brief and what the student wanted to achieve were completed.   There was a slight issue with some 'banding' with a slight lip created which can be seen in the photograph above right.  This has appeared from time to time with our prints when a layer is produced that is off slightly.  We believe this is caused by the feeding of the PLA filament into the back of the machine, which occassionally can be tight due to the roll of filament not unravelling correctly.  There were some basic and small amounts of filament that were missing from the name of the student.
Next Steps for Student: This project has been completed and the student needs to move onto other projects, and there is nothing else required to complete this.  Having said this there could have been component parts printed or completed that could have been assembled post printing.

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