Working with Google Drawings for 3D Printers

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Hello Everyone,

I apologize for the lack of posts this week or even standard tweets. This past weekend, I experienced a large case load of trying to complete my dissertation proposal to having that added on with my wife having a seizure on Sunday for the first time in almost five months. Then of course, I was busy at my regular job and working on some other projects that needed my attention. However, as we know: “No matter the times, there is always a new day dawning.” 

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 7.38.40 AMAs many of you know, the last few weeks, we have been transforming our art curriculum with STEAM (science, technology, art and mathematics). Besides using our new Spheros and Parrot Drones, we have the luxury of having a 3D printer at present. This has allowed our students to take their art lessons to the next level using our Chromebooks and Tinkercad. This is how it works.

  1. Students create a drawing like they normally would, however, they don’t add color to it. They just make a regular pencil or ink drawing.
  2.  Next students take a snapshot of their drawings and import the image into their Google Drive. From there they important the image into Google Drawings.
  3. In Google Drawings, they outline their drawing using either the shapes or curve line tool. The Maker Club has a awesome video on how to do this here.
  4. Next, students after complete their Google Drawings, download the SVG file and import it into Tinkercad. From there, students make any other adjustments with their new 3D file. From size, shape, add ons, holes, ect.

I have a complete Periscope Edu video on how to this from beginning to end right here. This is a great way way to teach students how to use their Google Apps tools on either chromebooks or desktop computers. It also allows for creativity, scaffolding and a full use of STEAM. If you are a one to one iPad or android tablet school. the same works using Adobe Sketch and Tinkercad works on any mobile device. There are a few differences, but if you use a stylist with the designs, you will be printing in no time. Give it a try today and go full STEAM ahead.

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