Makers and 3D Project Resources
Project Ignite from Autodesk integrates project content directly into Autodesk's free, award-winning design software, and provides access to the hardware educators and students need to turn their ideas into physical objects.Lessons and activities from this website can integrate with TinkerCAD and 123D Circuits projects as well.
3D Printing - A website built by University of British Columbia grad students dedicated to incorporating 3D modeling into K-12 classrooms. This website has a unique perspective that allows educators to begin with a "boot camp" page for novice 3D experiences. Educators also have guidance on process steps to help avoid wasted supplies and information on selecting the right software for your environment and needs. There are resources for planning your design challenges as well.
3D Tin (Chrome App) - 3DTin is a 3D Modeler that runs in your browser.
You can ..
* design models by placing cubes of different colors on top of each other.
* creat shapes from standard templates (WebGL required)
* save the sketches in cloud
* export the sketches in standard 3D file formats - STL, OBJ, Collada
For best user experience, make sure you have WebGL enabled in your browser. For WebGL to work you need a decent graphics card. (If you are still having a problem check this link http://bit.ly/epLszC)
TinkerCAD by Autodesk is an easy, browser-based 3D design and modeling tool for all. Tinkercad is also the perfect 3d printing companion – it allows students to imagine anything, and then design it in minutes! Tinkercad is part of the123D family of free apps. Students and teachers can signup for free accounts and start creating projects quickly and easily. The platform offers wonderful tutorials for teachers to incorporate the lessons into the classroom activities.
Blender is a 3D image creator and editor. Open Source, downloadable program that also allows animation creation in 3D. Software can also be used in 3D printing. Many examples and resources available for teachers and students to get inspiration on the website and via YouTube.
Thingiverse - This is one of the biggest and most popular databases of FREE downloadable STL files. It has a very active maker community behind it. Students and educators are not required to open open an account in order to download a 3D model from their site. Sometimes the database can seem slightly less organized than the cleaner and simpler design of sites.