Good Day, folks
On Monday I’ll purchase the ShapeOKO 3 for my Engineering and Technology classroom (6-8th grades).
I also have two (soon three) 3D printers.
My course is nine weeks. During that time students learn a bit of theory and history (drafting, design model, inventors, business, fabricating, and more). It’s a short course, but I want it to be as hands-on as possible.
Here’s essentially how I do the hands-on portion:
Students learn how to make a (for their age) formal multi-view drawing, including an isometric view (of a rectangular puzzle piece).
I also teach them how to make a 2D scale model of the classroom, including movable furniture (they make a map of the room’s walls, doors, permanent fixtures on graph paper, followed by scale furniture on index cards). They have to account for walkways, etc., and everything is to scale.
Thirdly, I make them scale down, draw, and build a piece of furniture using hand tools and soft woods.
Next is CAD. They start with TinkerCad and can move up at their own pace to 123D Design, Sketchup, and a couple others.
Once they are comfortable with 3D design on a basic level, I allow them to begin making projects. They are horrible in general with the concept of originality, invention and innovation, but that’s something I need to work on from my end (teaching them how to think).
And now to my question: I have a $1,000 budget for consumable supplies (materials). The money cannot be used for tools unless it’s small replacement parts (bits, extruders, etc.).
I want to get the most for that money. I’ll use about $200 on filament for the 3D printers, but I don’t know what to purchase for the ShapeOKO3 in order to give every student an opportunity to design and build a model.
I generally want each kid to have a piece of soft material that is about 2-3 inches thick, about 4-6 inches wide, and about 6-8 inches long. It seems that perhaps poplar or pine would be a good choice.
I’d love to get a lot of machinable wax, but I don’t know if my budget can handle that for the number of students I teach.
Any thoughts on a common, soft material that can be purchased in large amounts?