‘MakersAffair’ to launch 3dprinting workshops in London

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Do you want to learn how to 3dprint, but you don’t know where to start? Do your children ask to learn about the technology but you really have no clue how to meet their demands. The answer could be here with the launch of Maker’s Affair 3dprinting workshops in London. Maker’s Affair was set up by Loh Hu, a graduate from Singapore who came to the UK to study a Masters degree in Business Innovation at Birkbeck College. Upon graduating she was endorsed by the university as Graduate Entrepreneur to set up a company in the UK, so she set up  Maker’s Affair.profile pic The idea of the company is to provide quality workshops on 3dprinting for complete beginners. Loh explains she is, ‘conducting 1-to-1 Hands-On 3D Printing Workshop for complete beginners with full attention and guidance provided. During the 3 hours workshop, the maker will learn how to design, slice and print their very own customised pen (PC, printer and all materials will be provided). I believe this is one of the most efficient ways to truly learn and understand 3D printing process. In essence, I stand by the principles of “learning by making” when designing the workshops’.  The best thing about this is at the end of the workshop you will have a usable product to take away with you. As an educator myself this seems like a great place to start and I totally agree with her statement of ‘learning by making’. Many times in the classroom I have found that students learn better and understand concepts in greater detail when they are actually making something rather than simply studying the theory.

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As well as 3dprinting workshops, Loh is providing a 3dprinting service via 3DHubs. Loh explains, ‘Anyone can upload their 3D object digital file, choose a filament to print it with and get an instant quotation before confirming the order. It is a pretty cool platform where you can get someone living near your area to print your 3D object.’  So, even after completing the workshops you can still 3D design at home and then have Maker’s Affair print out your design if you don’t have access to a 3dprinter. In addition to standard 3dprinting, she has also acquired some 3dprinting pens that children can use their creative freedom to design and make things. These pens are great as you don’t need any experience at all to use one. Also you could have all the CAD experience in the world, but that means nothing when it comes to the 3dprinting pens. Everyone is equal and there are no barriers apart from your imagination.  Maker’s Affiar is situated at the ‘Old Street roundabout’ on the boundary of the boroughs of Hackney and Islington (there seems to be a 3dprinting explosion in London at the moment with the 2013 3Dprintshow being situated at the business design centre in Islington last year) so it is ideally placed to serve the whole of central London with easy access to transport links. I really think we need more of these workshops, maybe Maker’s Affair could just be the start of a whole new business model……

For more information about MakersAffair please visit the website and check out the workshops section;

http://www.makersaffair.co.uk/workshop.html

To download a free copy of her pens then visit the 3dfilemarket link below;

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3doodler – The kids just love it… so do the teachers.

There was the hype on Kickstarter and then there was relative calm for 6 months whilst 3doodler sorted their thousands of orders ready for shipping. The 3dprinting pen that had created a storm of interest was about to be tested and let loose in a Bolton classroom. Myself and the Art Teacher both placed an order and had waited in anticipation for them to arrive. After a few delivery mishaps and customs clearances the 3doodler had landed.

When you first take it out the box it’s quite big thing. It’s more of a stylus rather then pen and was very easy to set up. It’s was almost fool proof actually, you simply plug it in, wait for the green light and load a PLA/ABS stick of into the end of the pen. Then it’s simply up to you what you create (or should that be #whatwillyoucreate ). It’s actually not the easiest thing to operate at first, you have to spend a few minutes getting used to the speed of the plastic extruding and also you need to feel out the correct amount of pressure to apply when drawing a 3d object. The videos from 3doodler make it look so easy!!! Once you have your technique then the world is your oyster……

Myself being a technology teacher one of the first things I decided to do was take the thing apart. Its pretty basic on the inside and was simple to put back together. One thing that could be an issue after a few years of using one is the build up of filament dust internally. We had only been using it for a few weeks and somehow the inside showed signs of the filament residue

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However once you get started with this pen its great fun. It is almost therapeutic, you can escape the world of reality and express your creative genius with no limits to what you can create. The only limit is your imagination. Below is the effort by Chet Mistry the Art teacher. In class the students went wild for it and I had a waiting list of pupils wanting to doodle. It is actually a good tool to ensure children work to their highest potential…. just bribe them with the phrase ‘show effort and commitment in lesson with your work and you can have ten minutes on the 3doodler pen’. It worked a treat. This is great fun and is an excellent creative tool, I just hope the material price is cheap and affordable so we don’t have to worry about the cost of running the pen.

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My final verdict is a thumbs up for the 3doodler pen. Also a big thanks to http://www.goprint3d.co.uk/ for donating a pen to the school.