It didn’t take long for Jonah Krutsinger and his classmates to get used to the new Cubify 3D printer, known simply as the “Cube,” when it arrived last week. The Cedar Hall Community School eighth grader had no experience with 3D printing before joining engineering teacher Brian Bobbitt’s Project Lead the Way class, but within a few days Krutsinger was ready to print lifelike objects.
“I got really excited when I first heard we were getting the printer,” said Krutsinger. “I was like, ‘Yes, we can finally make stuff and print it off.’”
Krutsinger and the small class have spent weeks preparing for the printer, getting acclimated with a computer assisted design program called Autodesk Inventor, which they use to design plastic objects for 3D printing. Krutsinger has been doing research outside of class, exploring options for a new creation — which isn’t required for the class, only encouraged.
Bobbitt, an engineering teacher, Indiana University graduate and Mount Vernon native, had been looking for ways to get students more involved with measurements and geometry. He previously used a 3D printer during his time at McGary Middle School. He wanted a way for students at Cedar Hall to take their imaginations out of the wood shop and turn them into a reality. … (read more)