Late last year, we had the pleasure of inviting a family to the Wayne College 3D Lab to learn about 3D design and 3D printing. While many get into 3D printing via the vast repository of objects on Thingiverse.com, did you know that it’s easy to design your own stuff? A kid friendly CAD design program called TinkerCAD.com is perfect for all ages. It’s web based (no program to install) and kid friendly (objects are made with simple building blocks like cubes and spheres).
Needless to say, the kids had a blast downloading, designing, and printing something to take home literally a couple of hours. 3D printers are a great way to foster creativity and invention, motivating our younger generations to become future designers, engineers, researchers, and so much more.