3D Printing, A Learning Journey

A group of enthusiastic students admiring the samples that were passed around. Printed samples slapped with layers of wood fillers, ready for sanding. A 3D printer running merrily in the background.At Ginkgo3D’s humble facilities, secondary school students learnt first-hand about 3D printing and its applications.

The facility tour was divided into three sections, which covered the range of printers and devices often found in a makerspace.

Professional Printers and Display Samples

The highlight of these students’ learning journey was seeing real 3D printed samples used in various industries.

Different 3D printing technologies use different materials to create 3D objects and prototypes. Some are made from nylon, resin and wax.

It was an eye-opening experience for these curious onlookers.

In the showroom, Calvin explains the types of printing materials and demonstrates how professional printers operate differently from FDM printers. The students were amazed by the intricate details.

Just because there is 3D printing, doesn’t mean the whole object must be 3D printed. Kristin’s Gokai Sabers were created using a mixture of traditional crafting and 3D printing.

Introducing Haptic Devices and Scanners

Haptic or kinesthetic communication recreates the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations or motions to the user. Haptic devices such as the Geomagic Touch allow freeform digital sculpting and simulation, which is useful for applications in robotic control, collision detection and machine interface design.

Assisted by application engineer Adrian, designer Saurav guides a volunteer how to use the Geomagic Touch.

Our staff demonstrates how scanning devices can be used in creating human models, objects and reverse engineering.

Saurav guides a volunteer how to use the Sense Scanner to scan her friend.

Post-processing Methods

What happens next after you print your 3D model? Is it ready for use? We invite design graduates Jaeme Goh and Mirabelle Peh from Laselle College of the Arts to share their projects and explain the various post-processing methods.

One method is to smoothen the model’s surface with wood filler, which allows easier sanding and surface priming.

Sacrificing long hours is often necessary to create masterpieces.

Besides knowing the various processing tools, you must also observe safety precautions in the workspace. Always handle the tools with care. Accidents happen, hence it is a good work habit to pack up after you are done and store your tools after use.

It was a short but informative learning journey for these students who would be embarking on their own 3D printing journeys in school.

The Ginkgo Press Team

The Ginkgo Press Team covers any news related to 3D Printing, which includes interviews, events and technology.

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