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Whether you are new to 3D printing or an experienced maker, the Invent to Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom is an essential project-based resource for integrating 3D printing in classrooms.  Designed as lessons built on NGSS and CCSS competencies, the 18 projects provide a wealth of learning opportunities that are perfect for students and teachers alike.

Carl Heine, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


This is a MUST HAVE book for any educator interested in 3D printing in the classroom.  This book takes the next step in integrating 3D printing across the curriculum.

Todd Whitlock, CEO Standard For Success & District Administrator North Daviess Community Schools


A key idea--supported throughout this book--is that students are not just 'doing' mathematics and science, they are actively engaged as mathematicians and scientists in their own right. As such, when they encounter difficulties, they need to tiptoe back through their thinking by revisiting their designs and seeing what bugs in their processes they need to fix.
A 'must have' for those interested in 3D printing with students!

Peter Skillen, Educator, Ontario College of Teachers


The Invent to Learn 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success is an effective guide for anyone who would like a step-by-step tutorial that covers all the important aspects of 3D printing, including differences in the machines themselves, the printing materials, and the software options necessary to create a wide variety of projects.  For anyone who has thought about exploring 3D printing, but thinks the software is daunting, these "recipes" will have you creating like a master chef in no time.

Roger Wagner, developer of Hyperstudio


There is a rapidly growing interest in schools for 3D printing, however until now there have been few resources for teachers in the way of instruction or professional development to support full adoption of 3D printing.  David, Norma and Sara's book does an excellent job of introducing educators and students to 3D printing and how it can support current curriculum as well as the new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
John Westrum,  Vice President, Afinia

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David Thornburg, PhD:
Through presentations, workshops and books, Dr. David Thornburg uses his expertise in emerging trends to help educators build the skills needed to use technology as a tool to teach for understanding, backed by solid research and a coherent vision of an educational future in which every learner thrives. A staunch advocate of STEM education, he sees 3D printing as a powerful tool in the hands of all students. 
Norma Thornburg, MA: 
Norma Thornburg is an exceptional educator. Using her knowledge of emerging trends in technology, she helps teachers develop constructivist strategies to engage students in learning activities that build valuable life skills for the 21st Century. Her interest in making covers a wide range. She has taught robotics courses, and is now working in the area of "soft circuits" - fabric creations with embedded circuitry - and in the crafting of ceramics using specialized 3D printers. 
Sara Armstrong, PhD:
Dr. Sara Armstrong is an educational consultant, keynote speaker, presenter, and writer working to provide resources and tools for change in education. With over 40 years as an educator, Sara has developed and implemented workshops on many topics, including project-based learning, information literacy, digital and oral tradition storytelling, technology integration, and global resources for education. She sees 3D printing as a powerful tool for bringing inquiry and project-based learning into the classroom.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press (June 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098915114X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989151146
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I inherited a MakerBot Replicator 2X when I moved into a new classroom space, and this text has been a great way to get my feet wet with the nuts and bolts of getting the most out of the printer without simply relying on designs from Thingverse. There's a lot here that fits with the CMK/MakerEd ethos of being willing to take off the teacher hat and put on a learner hat. The "recipes," while prescriptive, are helpful in making me feel at ease working with an expensive piece of school purchased equipment. I'm glad my school's Director of Libraries got this book, and can see it being a great resource in the year ahead as our middle school's makerspace takes off.
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The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom was a great overview of the different types of 3D printers, CAD programs and what they are capable of, types of plastics used and why and some great projects to try using the different CAD type programs. I found this very informative and a great launching pad into 3D printing.
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I quickly read through the book today. I am glad it was easy to read with a wealth of information. I needed a quick start up guide for working 3D in the classroom. There are several class activities that I can incorporate, as I work through a semester of classes. Can't wait to see more from these authors.
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I've been interested in learning 3D Printing, from design to production, since I first heard of this new emerging technology. I happened to be browsing Amazon and found this ebook available for free for a limited time so I went ahead and downloaded it. I'm happy I did because now I feel I have a better understanding about the 3D printing process and how simple it can be. The author makes it look easy to do so if I do decide to create my own 3D products in the future based on what I've learned from this book I will feel more comfortable applying that knowledge. The book includes lots of great tips and information that you should be aware of and websites where you can see what other people have created, tools needed, software needed to design your products, as well as how to choose a good 3D printer, if you're looking to purchase one. It is good, not just for the classroom, but for anyone wanting to learn 3D Printing design and production.
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This book is fantastic. I like how it demystifies the opportunity that 3D Printing avails learners in the classroom. It even has lesson plans and suggestions for how an educator can integrate it into the curriculum. I have a great deal of respect for the authors and feel that they produced a resource that should be read by anyone interested in adding another dimension to learning.
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Without this book, I cannot imagine how a teacher could get started with 3D printing quickly and easily. Highly recommended.
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A fantastic book for educators starting out with Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing or for those looking for simple yet meaningful projects to use with learners of various ages and abilities.
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This book introduces 18 projects. Some of them are good for 3D printing, but more than half objects can be created easily by conventional methods, such as cutting thin wood boards, etc. Therefore, I think the value of this book is not high.
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