Thursday, November 29, 2018

3D Reading Stand Prototype

Challenge: To produce a reading stand to allow a student to focus on thier reading.
Background: The student is a special needs student who needs to focus on reading without being distracted by other things happening in the classroom.   The task was to produce a reading stand that would allow the student to have the book tilted and held in the reading position, meaning that the student was more focussed on their reading.   The idea was to build a prototype and then start to look at developing the idea further to develop a personalised reading stand for the student.   The success of the angle of the stand was/is crucial and is easily attained by using a 3D Printer to produce it.  With a speed of the printer the heated filament sets before the nozzle repeats the pass - thus allowing the creation of a solid shape and structure to meet the design idea - in this case the angle (as we've mentioned before with Tinkercad there is a design aspect of the main interface that allows you to create any angle of your choice).   One of the complicating factors was the size of the books that students were reading.   This student is reading early level journals (reading for five and six year olds) so the journals are thin and limited in size - hence the smaller design of the stand.
Level of Difficulty: This is a work in process.   Once the design has been refined we will post additional details as it develops.   The project when it is completed will feature a complicated design tailored for the individual student to best meet their needs.   This is the basic design so its easy, however when completed it is anticipated that the level of difficutly would be catergorised as 'hard'.
Timeframe: Ten hours - this is simply a first attempt at the process and the timeframe will be increased relative to the design.  This is a first attempt at an ongoing process.
Size: This design is measuring 140mm across the front, 100mm to the back and the top end of the  design was 100mm long and a further 140mm across.   The angle is a 45 degree angle. 
What would we do differently/next steps for students: This design is the start of a process.   The design needed to be larger.   The base was stable but would have benefitted from being thicker that would have given it more weight.   Both those aspects of the design will be addressed in future.

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