Posts Tagged "education"

Product of the Week: StemBox

July 24, 2015
3D Innovations

It is well-known that there is a major gap in our STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education pipeline and that nearly 40% of companies report difficulty in filling positions because of a lack of STEM skills*. With the ever increasing demand for STEM skills, it is imperative that we spark a love of STEM education in our students early-on. Fostering interest in STEM related subjects at an early age encourages students to explore these types of careers as they progress through school. The best and most effective way of getting our students interested in STEM is through real world, hands-on learning.

stemboxThis week we are featuring StemBox, “a subscription box that makes real science accessible to young girls and empowers them as young scientists”. StemBox sends out boxes full of all the necessary equipment to conduct real-world science experiments. “Each box contains sophisticated labware and reagents for the science experiment, a protocol, fun science accessories, and a link to our corresponding videos. Our educational videos feature in-depth explanation from a real female role model working in that box’s field.” On the StemBox Kickstarter page you can view their “Strawberry DNA Extraction Box” and the “Owl Pellet Dissection Box”, both of these boxes encourage young girls to get out and explore the world around them. We also see that there is a future engineering kit in the works!

It has been proven that students learn more and retain information when they are able to participate in activities. Having these StemBoxes tailor-made for age level and interests is a fantastic way to make subjects come alive for students.

Learn more about the StemBox on Kickstarter and the official website!

*Source: Bridging the STEM Attraction Gap by National 4-H Council

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Product of the Week: 3DSimo Mini

July 10, 2015
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Quite simply the 3DSimo is the ultimate tool for makers. We know that the aforementioned statement is bold, but we have yet to see such a small (and well designed) tool with so much power and flexibility. While 3D printing pens are popular, this tool goes beyond and incorporates additional functionality. The 3DSimo fits comfortably in your hand and can be used for 3D printing, soldering, engraving, burning, foam cutting and much more. Makers can use any standard 1.75 mm filament, which means there is both flexibility and numerous material possibilities.

3Dsimomini“The 3DSimo mobile app gives you control over the temperature and speed so you can work with different and sometimes totally new materials. The FREE Android and iOS app connects to your Mini via Bluetooth. The 3DSimo app allows you to adjust the temperature, speed and different material profiles with precision. The app will also provide you with instructional videos, templates to print and regular software updates.”

According to Atmel, an American-based manufacturer and major backer of the Maker Movement, 135 million U.S. adults are Makers and USA Today reports that Makers fuel business, pouring some $29 billion into the world economy each year. The Maker Movement is already quite large and continues to grow at a rapid pace. The 3DSimo Mini is one tool that makers should add to their ever expanding toolbox.

Learn more about the 3DSimo Mini on Kickstarter and the official website.

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The 2nd Annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire

May 12, 2015
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3D InnovationsThe 2nd Annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire was this past Saturday at ‘Iolani School, and we must say that it was another fantastic event! The turnout was exceptional and there was a wide variety of technology on display. The hard-work and dedication by all of the volunteers was very evident.

There were makers from various industries and everyone was eager to learn. We were happy to impart our 3D printing knowledge on everyone that stopped by our booth. We answered many questions about 3D printing technology, applications for the technology and how it can be integrated with product design and prototyping. The community of makers in Hawaii is quickly expanding and we can’t wait to see what is in store for the 2016 Honolulu Mini Maker Faire.

You can check out photos from the event on Flickr and we shared a couple on our 3D Innovations Facebook page as well.

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2015 Hawaii STEM Conference: CAD Competition

April 20, 2015
3D Innovations

stemconfThe 6th Annual Hawaii STEM Conference concluded this past weekend and we had the honor of being part of it once again. This year 3D Innovations held a CAD competition that was focused on having teams develop a design solution based on an existing problem presented to them. The challenge was to design a custom bike light that will easily mount to the handle bars on a child size bike. The students utilized Solidworks to produce their digital designs. The challenging part for the teams involved taking the requirements they were given and simultaneously addressing all of the design specifications.

Once the students had completed the task, they then presented their design outcome, photo renderings, anticipated material costs and packaging designs/options to a panel of expert judges. Maui High School presented an outstanding design solution and came in first place! This team was cohesive and had great communication which helped them take the lead. It was great to see that all of the student participants in the competition showed determination and strong problem solving skills.

We would be remiss without mentioning the keynote speaker at the conference, Titan Gilroy of Titan America Manufacturing. Titan grew up in Hawaii and fought an uphill battle for a good portion of his life and has come out on top. He is the proud owner of a CNC machining company and a major proponent of american manufacturing. His story really resonated with the audience and his charisma was inspiring. You can learn more about his company on the official Titan America MFG website and more about Titan himself on the Alliance for American Manufacturing website.

Please visit our Facebook page to view the photos we snapped at the conference in our 2015 Hawaii STEM Conference album.

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Product of the Week: mDrawBot

March 27, 2015
3D Innovations

This 4-in-1 robotics kit would be a great project for a robotics class or a weekend project at home. mDrawBot is a 4-in-1 drawing robot kit, that can be assembled into 4 different configuration drawing robots: mScara, mSpider, mEggBot and mCar. All four of these robots can draw on different surfaces and the best part is that build time is about an hour. This is one of those kits that can really spark a love for engineering in children because of its interactive nature.

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  • mScara is a SCARA (Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm) driven by stepper motors. If you install a pen on mScara, it can draw pictures on a flat surface. Replacing the pen with a laser diode, it can turn into a desktop laser engraver.
  • mSpider is a drawing robot which can draw pictures on a wall or a white board.
  • Just in time for Easter, the mEggBot is designed to draw on things that are improbable to print on, such as eggs. It can be used to write letters or to draw expressions on eggs.
  • mCar is a three-wheel robot car. It contains two stepper motor drive wheels and a ball caster wheel. It can draw its own movement tracks on the surface. If you install a chalk instead of a pen, it can draw on the floor.

Learn more about the mDrawBot robotics kit on Kickstarter or the Makeblock website. You can also connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Evolution of Education

March 19, 2015
3D Innovations

Design_News_LOGOLately there has been quite a bit of news about the uncertain future facing traditional four-year colleges. Most recently, Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old private women’s college in Virginia announced that it would be closing its doors for good at the end of this semester. Many people believe that Sweet Briar College shutting down is just the beginning of what’s to come. Politicians and well-known public figures have been speaking out about the trouble with the current education system and the need for immediate reform.

This week Design News published an article that delves into the heart of the matter, Q&A with David Goldberg: Universities Must Change to Keep Up with ‘Era of Design’, in which Mr. Goldberg discusses disruptive innovation in regards to public and non-profit universities. He also talks about for-profit universities and how they are taking a business style approach to education to attract and retain students, and so far this model seems to be catching on. In regards to STEM education, retention is a major challenge for schools, but this for-profit model might be one way to keep students on track until graduation. Let us know what you think!

You can read the Q&A session with David Goldberg in its entirety on the Design News website.

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3D Innovations: Upcoming Events

March 12, 2015
3D Innovations

Spring is almost here and, it’s a busy time around our office. We have a few upcoming events that we are very excited about and wanted to share with you!

The first event is next week, March 18-20th, and it’s a free 3 Day AutoCAD Workshop for Students in grades 7 to 12. This event is in partnership with STEMworks and will be held on Oahu at the Manoa Innovation Center from 9 am – 3 pm. You can learn more about the workshop on the STEMworks Facebook page and can quickly register on Survey Monkey.

On March 26th our President & Chief 3D Officer, Collin Kobayashi, will be speaking at the Hawaii Pacific Export Council monthly seminar, “Emerging Global Trade Trends: Where Are the Future Profit Pools?” discussing how Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) is making a global impact on business.

April 17 & 18th we will be at the annual Hawaii STEM Conference on Maui. We look forward to this event each year because the students are so excited and inspiring!

This May 9th is the Honolulu Mini-Makerfaire 2015 at Iolani School and we will be participating again this year. It is always fun connecting with local makers and the entrepreneurship community. Learn more about the Maker Faire on the official website and register for a FREE early bird ticket!

We will be sharing event updates and photos from each event on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages so be sure to check them out!

If you are in town, we would love to see you at an event, please stop by and say hello!

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Product of the Week: Girls Driving for a Difference (Design Studio on Wheels)

February 27, 2015
3D Innovations

We know that our “product” this week Girls Driving for a Difference (A Design Studio on Wheels) is not an actual product per se. In sticking with National Engineers Week, we have decided to feature a group of motivated young ladies wanting to make a difference by bringing the concept of “Design Thinking” to middle-school aged girls. This type of “out-of-the-box” critical thinking is a skill that future engineers will need to succeed. Our President and Chief 3D Printing Officer, Collin Kobayashi, has experience as a mentoring coach for the Design Thinking Hawaii Boot Camp and knows how important this kind of education can be.

design_thinkingThese four Stanford women have STEM education backgrounds and, just as important, a passion for empowering young women to find their voice and become leaders. This group plans on driving across the country this summer and hold two-hour long workshops that focus on design thinking and leadership skills in ten different cities and at least fifty communities but, have turned to Kickstarter to help with funding for supplies, preparation and travel expenses. We commend their passion and drive and, this is why we are featuring them as our “Product of the Week”.

“Our team of four Stanford students will be driving an RV across the United States for ten weeks, visiting young women’s communities (specifically camps and organizations for middle school girls), and coaching design thinking and leadership workshops! These workshops are crafted to give girls the tools, inspiration, and creative confidence to explore their purpose, enact social change in their communities, and envision their own dreams for someday changing the world.”

Learn more about Girls Driving for a Difference on Kickstarter or the official website. You can also follow the group on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Product of the Week: Coordimate

February 6, 2015
3D Innovations

Here at 3D Innovations we are big proponents of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. We understand the importance of STEM subjects and the need to encourage more students to enter STEM fields after college. On Kickstarter we recently came across a product, Coordimate, that will take some of the “grunt work” out of math, economics and engineering classes. This ingenious product quickly and accurate prints out a Cartesian graph so you can spend more time solving the problem and less time worrying about the design of your graph. We all know how critical accuracy can be when solving math equations and the Coordimate would be a great companion to have to ensure the most accurate answer. This product would be fantastic for middle school students and all the way up to graduate students.

coordimate“I wanted to create a tool that could produce a Cartesian graph with the push of a button, as an alternative to redrawing it over and over again.” Five prototypes later and the Coordimate is now ready for production.

Learn more about Coordimate on Kickstarter and the official website. You can also follow the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

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Product of the Week: MeArm

December 19, 2014
3D Innovations

We always have our eye out for activities that make STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education fun and accessible. On Kickstarter we came across MeArm, a pock sized industrial robot arm, that is built and programmed by the user. The developers have made this kit simple enough to be put together with a screwdriver but with its open source design files you can also move into more advanced levels of robotics. This is a terrific way to introduce children to engineering and robotics!

MmearmeArm would be a fantastic product to introduce robotics in a home or school setting. “Apart from being something that’s small, cool and attractive the MeArm is a miniature version of an industrial robot arm. So while it’s simple enough to build and use with a child on a rainy Sunday afternoon – it can also be used at more advanced levels of education to teach real robotics.”

You can follow the MeArm campaign on Kickstarter, the official website and Facebook!

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