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School - Borrowed a UM2 - what would you do?

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G'day mate,

While for the youngsters this may be way too early, kids of the age 6+ would enjoy a story about creating toys out of nowhere.

I used the Tinkercad to demonstrate how we can draw a geometric shape (which they just happen to learn) and had it pre-printed to show the result.

And of course, do not forget the giveaways!

You can find quite a few ideas on the Thingiverse. My experience is with the Cuddling cats - you can find my feline army there, and I lately print in different colors signs "I love Modiin", the later being my hometown. That proves to be the unbeatable hit.


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If you don't want to get into the modelling aspect which might be a little advanced for the age range, search https://www.youmagine.com/for toys and such.

Keep in mind that smaller is better since if they print gets messed up, you don't lose too much time and small prints also print faster.

For some younger family members, one in the range you mentioned and one just slightly older, to show them the printer, I printed an UM robot


and for the younger one, a braclet with her name (thingiverse is not well liked by us due to some shady things they did regarding rights to the works posted there but):


It is stretchy even when printed in PLA.

If you have a selection of filament colors, this might be fun for them to see printed:

Ultimaker PLAY KIT ROBOT - ultirobot


If you want something on the mechanical side, these might be of interest:


If you want to talk about space and the ISS using 3D printers, there are models of the wrench they printed such as:


If you wanted to make some original models, tinkercad looks good:


For more advance modeling, 123D design


Hope that helps !

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