|Above: the 20mm 'STAY' lettering|
Background: The students of the school have a project this term for them to run a business. A number of the students groups are producing art based projects. One group was interested in looking at producing signage on wooden blocks of themes or sayings. To produce the lettering part of the art project the students wanted to utilise the 3D Printer to produce the lettering and then mount it onto the wood. This involved the students selecting a design that they were happy with and producing a font that reflected a design and style and that could be combined with the wood. For the wood the students selected a wood pallet and used the school Woodwork room to cut the wood into blocks. The students were dealing with a block that was
|Above: Live featured as 30mm design|
|#3DPrintEdu - 120mm x 60mm|
Size: As shown in the photograph the 'Stay' font measured 20mm high and was grouped (clustered) as 60mm across. This font was designed to be 5mm deep. The 'Live' font shown in photograph was 30mm high, 70mm across and 10mm deep. The #3DPrintEDU chat font was 120mm across groupd and 60mm high. The depth of the print was 5mm. The largest print that was run in this run was the 'LAUGH' print and font - this font was larger that the block of wood that it was intended for. This measured 130mm wide and 70mm high. It had a depth of 10mm.
|Above: the final trial design|
What we would do differently: The students have a lot of potential development to come relative to the size of the wood that they had produced and cut. The colour of the wood that is produced from the staining will influence the final design and PLA choices by the students. The students are also looking for a 'wow' factor and want to experiment with different PLA options and choices including Glow-In-the-Dark filament.