3D Printing - Keystone Area Education Agency
3D Printing - Keystone Area Education Agency

3D Printing

Question mark graphicSo - you have a 3D printer at your school.  You may be asking the same question as many people:  "Now What?" Here are some resources that may help:


News:  Beyond Just Plastic?  Makerbot announces PLA composite materials for 3D printers






Design Tools - Here are some options for designing objects to be 3D printed

TinkerCAD - This is a very easy to use and intuitive site for designing objects.  TinkerCAD was acquired by Autodesk, so the account you create for TinkerCAD will also work for Autodesk products.  Educational access available for account creation - contact Jason Martin-Hiner for details.

123D Design - A program similar to TinkerCAD, but offers more high end design options.  In browser and downloadable option.

123D Sculpt - Looking to work with digital clay to create more organic models?  123D Sculpt may be for you

3DTin - Another simple, in-browser, design program.

Sketchup - Iowa educators have the opportunity to use this full-featured program for free.  Contact Vic Jaras for details

Solidworks - Top end 3D design software


3D Model Sites - Places to find models for download and printing


Autodesk Models

Smithsonian X3D

cg-trader - This link takes you to just the free models - you can search for others




Lesson Plans, Ideas and Resources

Intro to 3D Printing Lesson

Education in 3D Site - Repository of .stl files and lesson plans grouped by subject area

Tinkerine U Lessons - Great lesson ideas for art, math, science and more

SeeMeEducate 3D Printing Curriculum - Many great links/foundation for getting started with 3D printing with students

Autodesk Workshops - Try filtering by "STEAM" projects if you want to cut down the number of options

3D Printing in School - An open source curriculum

CityX Project



Book - Invent To Learn Guide

Book - Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom

General Lesson Plans using 3D printed objects

Stratasys Curriculum

Makerbot in the Classroom Resource

3D Printing Whitepaper

3D Printing Related Videos

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