Christmas is one of the “most wonderful times of the year.”Friends and family gatherings, hot apple cider, sledding, baking cookies, and, of course, decorating! Christmas decorations are one of the best parts of the season. So, why not get your students involved with a fun classroom activity?
The MakerBot Thingiverse is a design community dedicated to creating, designing, and sharing 3D-printed objects. There are plans for almost anything you can think of. It’s a great place to get to know more about your 3D printer by creating fun projects with your students — one of these projects being creating custom tree ornaments!
How To Make a 3D Printed Christmas Ornament
Designers use 3D modeling programs to create anything – whether it’s useful, innovative, or just cool, or they use 3D scanners to make design files of existing objects. They upload these files to Thingiverse, where anyone can download and use them for free under the creative commons license. To date, there have been 2,359,910 3D models uploaded to Thingiverse. There are details on each design regarding the materials and 3D printers that can be used, as well as how to assemble the design once it’s printed. You can also connect with the creators if you have a problem to get your question answered by the experts!
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Whether you like traditional Christmas decorations or something a little more funky, there’s a design for you on the Thingiverse. Here are a few to get your class started.
- Classic Spiral
- Polar Bears
- Christmas Tree
- Christmas Present
- And, for your sci-fi obsessed students, Baby Yoda
Of course, let your students’ imaginations run wild! You can also upload your students’ files to Thingiverse, you can watch as other creators print their designs in real life. To learn more about classroom curriculums to get your students excited about 3D printing, contact us here!