August 23, 2016 at 4:39 pm #10576
Hi, friends who are interested in paleontology and 3D printing! I made my first paleontology-themed 3D print today. Here’s a time lapse of me building the model. I was really excited about this; it was designed to be movable, so it can roll up like a Flexyicalmenes. I think this could be a great project for school groups or for outreach for paleo groups! Check out the time lapse here:August 24, 2016 at 5:54 pm #10693Eleanor GardnerModeratorAugust 24, 2016 at 9:32 pm #10694Julie NiederkornParticipant
That is the coolest thing ever! Great job!August 25, 2016 at 8:45 am #10695Cindy KernParticipant
@llundgren, this is awesome! I saw it on Twitter and retweeted it to a teacher friend of mine in S. Korea who has access to a 3-D printer! Thank you for sharing!!
ckAugust 25, 2016 at 9:12 am #10696
Thanks,@julie-niederkorn! Here’s a short YouTube video (16 seconds long) that shows its range of motion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9rYI2L-q6kAugust 25, 2016 at 9:14 am #10697August 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm #10698Julie NiederkornParticipant
@llundgren, Thanks for the videos and link. How long did it take to print and put together?August 25, 2016 at 12:19 pm #10699
@julie-niederkorn The print took about four hours. I brought it to the campus library and the 3D print specialist helped me upload it into their system because I’m not familiar with STL files. I paid for it (about $6), then waited for their email saying it was done. It took 20 minutes to take the pieces off their rafts, remove the little rafts with the tweezers, and snap the “ribs” together, even accounting for my error when I put the pieces together incorrectly the first time and had to disassemble it and reassemble it.September 1, 2016 at 11:39 pm #11230Tynessa MorganParticipant
I need to talk to my boss about 3D printing again. She would probably buy me one. I wasn’t planning on starting with biology so anything helps. I’m also finally working with common core. Do you have the alignment?September 2, 2016 at 10:30 am #11233
You’re still in Texas, right, @tmorgan? Does Texas do Next Gen Science Standards? If so, I would think you could align 3D prints of trilobites with 3-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity (http://www.nextgenscience.org/pe/3-ls4-1-biological-evolution-unity-and-diversity) especially if you were able to make a few different species, so the class could talk about how different species of trilobites filled different niches and had different features.
Students could probably use the specific types of software to create their own species, too, then talk about their roles in your classroom ecology. @cgrant would be able to speak more about using the specific software (and I think she’s posted a few things about it elsewhere in this 3D fossils forum!)September 2, 2016 at 3:27 pm #11234Claudia GrantParticipant
I think most of them are alligned with NGSS and CCSS.
Regarding software @llundgren, it depends what you need to do. The printer usually comes with a software for plotting files. As far as model manipulation, I suggest MeshLab, which is open source. You can also do classroom activities using Google View, which is perfect for Chromebooks and open-source as well. Hope that helps. Let me know if you need more info.
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