This is 'Iolani School

This is 'Iolani School

Thursday, February 19, 2015

3rd Grade Space Night and Glow in the Dark Filament

Our 3rd graders have a "Space Night" every spring. I decided that it might be cool to have some glow in the dark PLA filament incase our kids wanted to print anything. One of our young men wanted to make a nose cone for his water rocket. I told him about the engineering design process we use in the Lab and he began designing his nose cone. Once he came up with a sketch, he began creating it on the computer using 123D Design. With some improving things here and there, he finally came up with a design he was happy with.

So off to the 3D printer we go...but not without a lot of "improving" on my part. Getting the right settings for this filament took a few test prints, but in the end we got things working. I'll put my settings in a separate post.

He printed his nose cone in 3 pieces and glued them together. He created his own top, he hollowed out a cone from 123D Design, and he used a screw-on water spout that he downloaded from Thingiverse. Now he can screw the nose cone to the top of his 2 litter water rocket.

On Space Night, it will be off to the wild "dark" blue yonder.

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