The Dot

theDot_coverWhat can I say but that I absolutely love the work of Peter Reynolds. My kids love The DOT, and our Welsh Corgi is named Ish because even though he’s small, he’s dog-ish. So when our little 3D printing company got a booth a couple of spaces down from the FableVision booth at CUE2013, we were quite excited. On Friday afternoon at CUE, we had a chance to speak with the folks from FableVision and in the process of the conversation someone brought up the idea of a 3D DOT. We poked around a little with our little 3D design ideas and came up with this STL file to print on our Afina H-series printer.

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The file is a little large because I got a little carried away on the resolution, but it should print very nicely. If your 3D printer allows it, you can change filament colors between layers to get some colorful variations. Go ahead and post a photo of your DOT in the comments or on the WRI3D Facebook page.

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We sent Peter two copies and he sent one back signed. How cool is that?

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Muahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!! Ok, now that I have that out... I can get to work. For as long as I can remember, I have been making things. This habit used to be called "Inventing" but has lately been repurposed by the Maker community with the term "Maker". While there are some subtle differences between Inventing and Making, I have discovered my passion for both by inspiring a new generation of Makers. In this quest to spark creative thinking and problem solving through practical and exciting projects, I draw on my background in biomedical research, high energy fiber laser development, and 15 years of building laboratory devices. As an experimental physicist with a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, I have seen research and development from many angles and am now bringing that experience to middle school and high school students who want to make everything from catapults to cybernetic augmentations. Through the medium of Making and Inventing, students are transformed from passive observers of education to active learners. This powerful shift fosters deep insights, creative expression, collaborative thinking and a host of other skills that are difficult to learn in traditional settings. Along with my wife Debby, an accomplished constructivist educator, I am on a quest to transform education and am looking for like-minded collaborators to bring hands-on learning to future generations.

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  1. […] Today for our Time Lapse Thursday video, we wanted to showcase a file that one of our Afiniacs sent us. This file was supplied by Wri3d.com. It was created and inspired by the work of Peter Reynolds. We printed this file twice. First, we wanted to see what its full dimensions could be on the Afinia H-Series 3D Printer. We used that information to create the second print. The second time we printed, we decided to have a bit of fun with the “pause and print” feature to get the layers. We like how it turned out the second time, but we still really enjoy the original print that Wri3d posted on their blog. To view the Wri3d blog post, click here. […]

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