- Series: Technology in Action
- Paperback: 203 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (May 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484213246
- ISBN-13: 978-1484213247
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3D Printed Science Projects: Ideas for your classroom, science fair or home (Technology in Action) 1st ed. Edition
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About the Author
As an engineer and management consultant, Joan Horvath has coordinated first-of-a-kind interdisciplinary technical and business projects, helping people with no common vocabulary (startups, universities, small towns, etc). work together. Her experience as a systems engineer has spanned software development, spacecraft flight operations, risk management, and spacecraft/ground system test and contingency planning.As an educator, Joan’s passion is bringing science and technology to the non-specialist in a comprehensible and entertaining way that will stay with the learner for a lifetime.
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But that was my initial reaction. It still deserves 5 Amazon stars for the material it tries to present. It is not just the usual nonsense of the paper clip or the coaster, or some silly rabbit (BTW rabbits are not silly, the 3d version is), but some realy interesting stuff. What it attempts to do is use 3D prints of concepts difficult to appreciate say on a 2D piece of paper in a 3D printed form. But it goes well beyond that. There are some concepts that I would not waist filament to generate 3D material with, for example levers etc... Once you understand the concepts in this book, there are so many other teaching projects that you can create. couple that with an Arduino, and you are on your way.
This is a great teaching tool.
Mr. Mosa Kaleel's review is very encouraging. Unfortunately, at first glance the material looks intimidating and I suspect that a number of teachers will get frustrated and perhaps return the book. I recommend starting with the $1.75 Kindle version.
3D Printed Science Projects addresses the “We Bought It, Now What?” problem of 3D printers. Each chapter starts with a science or math concept and then provides a model for you to print. So, in the chapter about Gravity, the science about the orbit of Haley’s Comet around the Sun is discussed. Then they give you the actual software code to make an orbit model. Pretty cool.
The authors use the free software openSCAD. Don’t be afraid. I was, but the online documentation for openSCAD turns out to be good. After spending not much time using the software, my rookie fear is disappearing.
Encouraged, I’ve decided to make the model that explains light waves. The supplied code works fine and I’m happy to say that the 3D printer is happily 3D printing.
One last important meaty note is that once you have a model working in the software, the authors suggest how to easily manipulate the variables for different effects. After you start doing that, the creative juices start flowing.
I respect this book. It does exactly what it says it will, with economy. Expect to be challenged, to have to think, and to be inspired. With a strong will and this excellent guidance, you can and should succeed.