3D modeling and 3D printing is an amazing way of creation. It allows anyone to convert a string into something fun, useful, or beautiful.
But in order to get to a final result, there are still some steps to go through, some skills to develop, and stuff to learn. And that stuff is pretty hard for a 6 years old kid.
how can we build the confidence level of both kids and teachers in the context of building LEGO models with movements
Bonifying the building experience
I have identified 3 ways we can use 3D printed parts to bonify our LEGO experience.
I am obviously not considering here the option of duplicating any parts available in the plastic brick catalog, as the quality of the part will never be as good as a molded one.
Use of 3D modeling with things kids know
So we started with playdoh!
We also started with something simple: it was Xmas, so why not making our own interactive Nisse.
So when the shape of a foot was done, I 3D-scanned it with an app called QLONE. It worked amazingly (and I only have an iPhone 6s), as I did not need to play with the mesh at all.
I then added the shape of a 1×3 technic beam on top of the foot and proceeded to print the first parts on my ENDER3 printer.
Then I made some daddy magic and created 2 arms to complete the puzzle.
Coupling a LEGO Mindstorms motor to control marbles of the HAPE Quadrilla Marble Run system.