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Biomimicry & 3D Printing


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Presentation for 10th Annual Center Institute at Boston Arts Academy.

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Biomimicry & 3D Printing

  1. 1. BIOMIMICRY & 3D PRINTING Workshop Instructor: Nettrice R. Gaskins, Ph.D. STEAM Lab Director Boston Arts Academy
  2. 2. WHAT IS BIOMIMICRY? The design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modeled on biological entities and processes.
  3. 3. Nature & Natural Processes Dragonfly
  4. 4. Design & Engineering DelFly Explorer
  5. 5. Pick Your Organism
  6. 6. Culturally Responsive Teaching
  7. 7. Sketch or Create a 3D Model
  9. 9. 3D Printing Step 1: Model The model stage has the user 3D modeling the object he wants to print. This model is then converted into an STL (stereolithography) file.
  10. 10. 3D Printing Step 2: Fix You can import your STL file into a fixup program that checks the model and corrects it of any errors. Once that’s done, the print phase begins.
  11. 11. 3D Printing Step 3: Add & Slice With the slice stage, a program called a slicer remodels the STL file by dividing the object into layers (“slices”).
  12. 12. 3D Printing Step 4: Print
  13. 13. WHAT IS A 3D PRINTER? Invented in the mid-1980s, it is a printer that uses plastic, wax, resin, paper, gold, titanium—a whole host of materials—instead of ink to create a solid, three- dimensional object.
  14. 14. 3D Printer Components Most 3D printers have four key parts: filament, extruder, hot-end and extruder.
  15. 15. LIVE DEMO
  16. 16. URLs Biomimicry 3.8: Biomimicry Projects: biomimicry-robots Anansi Reconsidered: Creative, Critical, and Connected Making in Interdisciplinary Education: reconsidered-creative-critical-connected-making-interdisciplinary-education Anansi Reconsidered (Tumblr page): 3D Printing Basics: 3d-printing