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Hardware Thread, Primary School 3D printer in Technical; Any recommendations from people who've actually got one in a school (or have one at home they think would be ...
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    Primary School 3D printer

    Any recommendations from people who've actually got one in a school
    (or have one at home they think would be suitable for a primary school)?

    Simon

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    We have a "3DStuffMaker", can't remember where we got it from! The feedback I've had is its great but a bit slow!

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    We find that the most popular for primary schools are the 3D Printing Pen, which are suitable for children aged 8 years plus, however there are also the larger 3D printers available that enable a much detailed 3D output!

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    Still have not managed to convince any to get one, they are still hung up on their unfulfilled 1990's dreams of the teachers teaching everyone - including themselves - robotics with the lego mindstorms stuff that has only made it out of the packet once or twice. If you manage to convince them please share your methods.

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    I struggle to see that a 3d printer would be suitable for a primary school, unless you are a real enthusiast. There are some printers that are supposedly 'plug and play' but the difficulty comes if (when!) something goes wrong. The difference between a blob of plastic and a print with fine detail can be very small. The problems that can crop up are numerous.

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    Well after seeing the Makerbots in action at the E2BN conf today they gave got to the top of our list. Cross curricular opportunities with computing & DT will be great across the board in primary.

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    How much were they?
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    Have you had a look on the RoboSavvy site?

    RoboSavvy UK Store

    Once our DT room is ready we will be looking at a MakerBot too..

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    I'm going to have to fish or cut bait shortly - current front runners are the one above and the FLA-UP! Mini 3D Printer

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    But I've floated the mini-makerbot in case £££ is available for this

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    Have you considered the health aspects of ABS filament? I would recommend the PLA option.

    Toxic fumes from your ABS or PLA desktop 3D printer making you sick? | Leafy Green Planet

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    The worlds H&S mad!!



    But in the case of 3D printers - they may have a case for being so

    Simon

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    Computer says yes to Makerbot Mini

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    Yea we have makerbot and its really good

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