How an Interactive Whiteboard Benefits the Classroom

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Interactive Whiteboard Technology has been around for over 20 years, but it is only just now gaining traction in the US, a change that is long overdue since the research indicates that digital whiteboard use improves retention by up to 38%¹ and decreases the amount of time it takes to learn complex subjects.

Unfortunately, cost can be prohibitive to schools that are already struggling with funding. Some of the most well-known interactive whiteboards like SMART and Promethean can cost upwards of $4,000 which means that for many schools under financial stress, these whiteboards are simply not an option. BoardShare looks to fill this niche with their pocket sized device that can turn any existing whiteboard or LCD screen into a digital whiteboard and retails for under $350.

The Evolution of the Interactive Whiteboard

Higher end whiteboards also require training to use and take 20-30 months² to master. Two years is a long time to invest in learning new technology and many teachers may be put off by the steep learning curve and significant time sink, especially when they have current students that they need to devote their attention to. BoardShare, on the other hand, is intended to be intuitive and easy to learn. It takes less than a minute to set up and its functions are fairly simple and straightforward.

Users can easily highlight, annotate, or write on any document or web page on their computer and then take a screen shot to present their work later. Or they can save and share it with other BoardShare users. BoardShare is also simple enough that even children will be able to use it to participate in lessons and give their own presentations in class.

When students are able to engage and interact with the lessons they are being presented with, overall retention and interest is increased and BoardShare is dedicated to making this interactive whiteboard technology accessible to the demographics that could use it the most.

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da Vinci AiO: All in One 3D Printer & 3D Scanning Machine

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Earlier this summer we shared with you information on the much anticipated SLA 3D printer, the da Vinci Noble, from XYZ Printing. Well, it turned out that wasn’t the only new product announced at this year’s Computex. The company known for providing innovative 3D printing solutions at amazingly affordable prices, also unveiled its plans for the da Vinci 1.0 AiO. The da Vinci 1.0 AiO is an All-in-One 3D printing and 3D scanning machine. Now you can scan and print with the same intuitive interface you’ve come to expect from da Vinci 3D printers.

All in One 3D Printer and 3D Scanning Technology

all in one 3d printerThe da Vinci 1.0 AiO is available for pre-order now. Why should you think about pre-ordering this printer? There are several factors that set this AiO printer apart from the competition: affordability, laser technology and ready to ship printers. Da Vinci 1.0 AiO is built on the existing da Vinci model with enhanced components. The device’s platform is upgraded with new laser sensors and a spinning plate to ensure an accurate scan of objects.

XYZ Printing‘s laser sensor technology is unique to the industry; due to its diagonal placement that allows for a more complete scan with reduce parallax errors. The placement of these sensors allows the laser to scan an object from odd angles. The printer does not rely on software to fill out spaces and complete the cross-section model of an object. The laser scans the dimensions of an object and feeds the information directly to the computer connected to the printer. According to XYZ Printing, it takes between one and five minutes to finish scanning a small object. Users can actually select the amount of time spent scanning – the longer you choose to scan your object, the more complete the result will be.

The new da Vinci all in one 3d printer and 3d scanner makes it possible to scan and print 3D objects from one machine. Check out the latest features that make 3D Printing as easy as 1 -2 -3!

Innovative Scanning Technology

  • Fast Scan Algorithm – less than a 5 minute scan for small objects
  • Dual-head Laser Scan Technology – promising the best scanning results
  • Automatic rotating scan platform

Editing Features

  • Smart-fix Technology to enhance your 3D scans
  • Easy-to-use XYZscan software

Reliable Printing Technology

  • Plug-and-Play easy to use 3D printer
  • Largest 456 cubic inch build volume – 7.8″ x 7.8″ x 7.5″ (20 cm x 20 cm x 19 cm)
  • XYZ 3D Design+ Cloud – a service platform that helps make your 3D creative designs become reality

Learn more about this new All-in-One printer/scanner from XYZ Printing.

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How to Export a Printable STL File from Chief Architect

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Recently, Studica started offering Chief Architect for education. Chief Architect is a CAD program that makes it incredibly easy to design a building from scratch. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the program and learn my way around it. One of the big new features in Chief Architect X6 is the ability to export your model as an STL file. STL files are one of the most common file types for 3D Printing. If you have a 3D Printer, chances are it prints STL files. In this post, I want to detail how you can export an STL file, fix the file for 3D Printing, and then print the file.

When you prepare a model for 3D Printing, there are certain considerations to take into account if you want your model to print properly. The issue with Chief Architect’s current STL Exporter is that the program does not automatically export a print-ready model. If you export your design as an STL file, you will notice that the model may not be water tight and it may have a lot of non-manifold geometry. Both of these features will result in a problematic print job. This is something that has been brought up on Chief Architect’s forums. Since it is a desirable feature, we can hope that as the software continues to be developed, these issues will be worked out.

Tips for using Chief Architect STL Exporter

In the meantime, however, I have workarounds that should get your STL file printing correctly! Let’s go over the workflow to get from 3D Model to STL file to Printed Object.

1. Design your building in chief architect however you desire. Here’s an example of a poorly designed building that I made.

Chief Architect Figure 1

2. Once you have the model looking the way you like it, go to File → Export →Export 3D Model (STL)… Keep in mind that you need to be in a 3D View in order for this option to be active. Choose a name for the file and save it where you want it.

3. This is probably the most important step. Since Chief Architect’s STL export is likely to have issues, I highly recommend uploading your STL file to Microsoft’s Netfabb cloud site:

You will be asked to login with your Microsoft account. If you don’t have one, go ahead and make one; it’s free. Once you’re signed in, click the “Upload” button and choose your STL file. Once that’s done, the service will begin repairing the model. Once it’s finished repairing, click the “Download” option to download the fixed STL file. If you have a working knowledge of 3D Modeling software such as Blender, Maya, 3DS Max, etc. then you could bring the model into those programs and fix it from there. While this may give you more desirable results, it could also take a lot longer to finish.

Chief Architect Figure 24. Once you have the fixed STL file, you should be able to import it into whatever splicer you want to use and print it to your 3D Printer. For the purpose of this post, I imported my STL file into XYZWare for my DaVinci XYZ 1.0 3D Printer. Depending on the software you use, you might want to tweak the settings a bit until you get a model that looks good to you. This was my final print model in XYZWare.

Chief Architect Figure 35. Now that you’ve done that, you should be able to print it and see the results. Bear in mind that 3D Printing often involves a lot of tweaking to get right. Your first model may not look the way you want. If that’s the case, you will want to go back into your settings and mess around with the different options. You’ll notice in the picture below that my roof didn’t quite turn out very well. This is something I would want to keep in mind the next time I want to print out a model. IT is likely because I did not print with supports so the roof had no material to build itself upon. As such the material became stringy.

In conclusion, the STL exporting in Chief Architect could still use some work. However, with a little bit of tweaking, it is possible to get your model printed the way you want. As the software progresses, I expect that this feature will only get better. I hope you found this helpful. Feel free to leave a comment. Let us know if you have any experience printing STL files from Chief Architect!

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The Rise of 3D Printing Curriculum

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Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, in the Province of Québec, is bringing 3D printing curriculum to its students in Joliette Secondary School. The school board’s AEVT department recently submitted a grant proposal for the purchase of a 3D printer in support of its Work Oriented Training Path (WOTP) program. WOTP is intended to help students study building structures and forms and expose them to engineering and architectural concepts. The grant was approved with the hopes that it would strengthen the Province’s Vocational Technology initiatives in the community. The school established a 3D printing curriculum with the purpose of connecting WOTP subjects with technological and scientific experimentation and preparation for the job market.

Students that engage in these exploration activities get involved in modeling and printing architectural forms. A curriculum built around 3D printing is set to stimulate their interest in building trades and encourage perseverance in those areas. The school’s curriculum, referred to as MAKING, is simple but very effective in achieving success in STEM education.

MAKING a 3D Object: Joliette’s 3D Printing Curriculum

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Fig. 1 – Process of MAKING a 3D object (21 m of filament used, printing duration 3h24)

Step 1 – Design/Modelling

Drawing digitally can be done using a variety of different software solutions. Many drafting and engineering professionals and students rely on SolidWorks for its intuitive, 3D modelling interface. SolidWorks’ designs can also be saved and exported in STL format. STereoLithography (STL) file format has become the industry standard when it comes to 3D printing. It is often used for rapid prototyping and computer-aided manufacturing. STL files refer only to the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object. They do not account for any representation of color, texture or other common CAD model attributes.

Step 2 – 3D Printing

Following the creation of the STL file in SolidWorks, students are responsible for sending the data to the 3D printer. The Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board purchased a da Vinci 1.0 3D printer because of its user friendly interface. The printer will guide the user to adjust the print density of the object(s), once it has received the model data. The default print setting on the da Vinci 1.0 printer will create the internal structure of the object based on honeycomb structures. The printer will also provide supportive structures according to the object features. These printed supports are used to structural strength and ensure that the model does not collapse during the printing process (Figure 2).

Step 3 – Raft Removal

3d printing curriculum figure 2

Fig. 2 – Printout result

Printing thinner and longer objects requires more attention due to the shapes’ physical instability. Rafts create stability and can be removed after the object has been printed. Sometimes, the printer will use more filament for the rafts than for the actual object being printed (Figure 3).

The Academic Outcome

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Fig. 3 – Raft removed (on the left) to extract final product (on the right)

The Pedagogical Consultant for Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, Tami Belhadj, stated, “For high school students, project based instructional strategy is favored as a deeper learning approach. 3D printers open new possibilities for learning, promotes problem solving skills and most importantly creates excitement.” He goes on to suggest that a worthwhile challenge for students pursuing building trades, is to ask them print one of Blanciak’s 1001 Building Forms. There are many STEM education resources that provide educators with similar activities to fit their respective subjects.

Take advantage of your academic status as a faculty member or a student, and get your hands on a 3D printer and CAD software at academic prices. Achieve hands-on learning and explore design concepts in an academic environment that will prepare you, or your classroom full of students, for career success.

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3D Print Your Own Robot with bq’s DIY: My First Robotics Kit

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bq robotics kitAn invasion of PrintBots is taking place at Studica. Design and print your own robot with one of da Vinci’s 3D printers and bq’s DIY: My First Robotics Kit. This bilingual kit is sure to electrify your students’ imagination. Just in time for Halloween, your little ones can put on their mad scientist gloves and build a creation of their own. All while learning the basic concepts behind robotics, programming and engineering.

bq is a Spanish company dedicated to designing and manufacturing multimedia devices and 3D printers. In its mission to make digital devices more accessible to people around the world, the company developed the DIY: My First Robotics Kit in an attempt to de-mystify technology. Most children – and if we’re being completely honest, most adults – are accustomed to using technology every day, but are intimidated by the seemingly complex nature of how their devices work. The truth is technology is not as daunting as it appears, and you certainly don’t need years of study to understand its basic concepts.

That’s where bq and 3D printing comes in. The DIY: My First Robotics Kit gets children to interact with technology in a natural way; through playing and having fun. Help your students lose their hesitation and begin to understand how robotics works. Combine creativity with project-based learning as students manufacture parts with 3D printing and assemble their robots with electronic components from bq. Recommended for ages 8 and up, this kit is sure to spark the interest of kids and adults alike.

Benefits of Assembling a Robot with PrintBots

make robot with printbots• Promotes visual logic, decision-making, imagination & other critical skills
• Build a PrintBot design provided, or encourage students to make a custom robot
• Step by step instructions for each robotic component in both Spanish and English
• Real robotics with real electronics, a hands-on experience safe enough for children and comprehensive enough for real-world application
• Programmable with mobile application RobotPad++ (for more advanced users)
• Design, Create, Program, Recycle

Adopt Your PrintBot

Take advantage of Studica’s da Vinci and bq bundle, which provides you with your own 3D printer and the DIY: My First Robotics Kit. This bundle also includes two PrintBot designs in .stl file format, so you can 3D print whichever body you want for your robot. Interested in hosting your own PrintBot invasion? Feel free to visit us and request a quote. This is a great STEM solution for use at home and in the classroom.

Learn to play and play to learn!

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Electric Paint from Bare Conductive Sparks Creativity

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electric-paintWhen you think of painting, electricity probably doesn’t register in your brain right away. Seems like a possibly challenging combination – to put it mildly. However, that train of thought is not what occurred to the bright minds at Bare Conductive. No, these innovators created an electric paint and a range of engaging kits that demonstrate the different ways you can use it. From paint, to starter kits and just recently the company’s own line of hardware, Bare Conductive creates products that make electronics fun and intuitive by blending concepts of design and technology.

The first thought that came to mind when we heard of this amazing was, “Wait, how does it work?” Studica always tries to provide students, educators and those interested in technology with cutting-edge, innovative products. So of course, we did a little investigating and got to know more about this wonder paint from the makers themselves.

What is Electric Paint?

Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint is a non-toxic, water based, water soluble, electrically conductive paint. It adheres to a wide variety of substrates and is easily removed with water. At this time, the paint only comes in black, but it can be over-painted with any material compatible with a water-based paint. This paint works with low voltage DC power sources. It is able to power small devices and creates a unique microcontroller interface.

bare conductive electric paintThe drying time for Electric Paint is between 5 to 15 minutes in a room temperature environment. The great thing about the drying process – besides its relatively fast drying time – is that the paint does not give off fumes. The paint’s flexibility is dependent on the thickness at which it is applied and the choice of surface. A consistent layer of paint creates the most flexible circuitry, while surfaces that are flexible, but do not stretch work better to ensure there are no fractures. This kind of functionality makes Electric Paint also ideal for cold soldering. This material is strong and almost infinitely repairable, which allows for components to be cleaned and re-used.

Bare Conductive Electric Paint in Action

Since its introduction, Electric Paint has been incorporated into various projects ranging from engineering designs to fine art. While it is safe for children and Bare promotes a number of student activities, young generations aren’t the only ones experimenting with it. Artist, Xavi Sole Mora, created an amazing re-imagining of Goya’s ‘Qué pico de oro! ‘. His piece, ‘The Gift of the Gab’, used electric paint in conjunction with Arduino Mega and Raspberry Pi to trigger MP3 sounds and servos via touch.

Spark your own creativity and experiment with electric paint, or delve into the company’s unique design kits with Bare Conductive’s Robot Parade. No matter what you do, you’ll definitely have fun doing it. At home or in the classroom, the possibilities with Electric Paint are endless.

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Test your STEM Knowledge & Upcoming Webinar Listings

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stem-knowledge-testAnother school year is underway leaving educators and administrators with the challenge of providing their students with the best education possible given the limited resources available to them. With the continuing pressure of new academic standards and the demand for STEM in the classroom, this task is more trying than ever. Studica is hosting two live webinar presentations this month to help you find solutions to STEM challenges and detail how solutions like the fischertechnik STEM Lab Program can help you implement new curriculum. Sign up today and consider some of the following questions to see how well your school measures up in the STEM Test.

Studica’s Upcoming Live STEM Webinars (follow links to sign-up today):

STEM Knowledge Test

Q- Are you teaching true integrated STEM education that blends the core areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or are you teaching one small part of what makes up STEM?

  • True STEM education is integrated. It blurs the lines between math, reading, writing, science and so on. It shows students how these subjects work together, support one another, and are all important to understand and master.

Q- Are you teaching STEM to satisfy a range of specific academic standards, like Common Core Standards, or just a few general standards that could easily be addressed in other ways?

  • Any program—including a STEM focused program—that is a part of your classroom activities should be one that helps you meet many different academic standards. Not simply a few “general” standards that could be met by numerous activities.

Q-Are you teaching STEM through a loose group of unrelated activities plugged into classes that are otherwise not truly STEM focused, or are you dedicating a regular class period to STEM education?

  • The goal of an effective STEM initiative should be to create activities where each day builds on what was learned in the days before. This requires the students to synthesize the knowledge and skills they’ve learned so far to answer present challenges.

Q-Are you presenting STEM in a way that is engaging or dry? Are you using a “Project-Based” learning approach?

  • A truly engaging classroom experience challenges students to roll up their sleeves and get actively involved in finding answers to problems being discussed. Most experts agree one of the most effective methods for teaching STEM is by creating exercises where certain results will occur and students have to discover why they occurred through experimentation, research and trial-and-error activities.

Q- Do your students ask “Why do I need to know this?” or “When will I ever use this?”

  • If they do, it’s likely they don’t understand how the concepts covered in class will connect to their future careers, or to any other useful purpose. A good way to address this common problem is create assignments embedded in “real world” scenarios. It is extremely important to put students in a situation where they must understand why a skill is necessary by using it to perform a function. In doing so, they will be more likely to learn and retain it.

STEM Solutions

Based on what you’ve read, is your school adequately meeting the STEM education challenge or are you failing? The good news is that even if you fall into the latter camp, there are solutions available, such as:

  • Petition your school or district to hire extra personnel devoted to developing and teaching a hands-on STEM education course. Allocate time and funding to create curriculum aligned to current standards.

PROS: Establish a customized program to meet your specific needs

CONS: Time intensive, money intensive, requires dedicated manpower and support system

  • Join with one of the state or national STEM centric curriculum programs, which provide you with their own standards focused curriculum.

PROS: Immediate access to an existing program and materials. Often, a high quality program offering specialized classes in specific STEM disciplines designed by experts in the field of education and technology.

CONS: Can have significant costs associated—will often require annual fees for curriculum and or software access, and also require purchase of an extensive list of materials. Training is required. Deviation from provided curriculum format is usually frowned upon.

PROS: Provides complete, day-by-day, detailed classroom curriculum, along with all materials and software required to conduct a STEM focused, project-based learning course. It is designed to address the most current academic standards including: Common Core standards for Math, Science, Reading and Writing; NSES Content Standards; Standards for Technological Literacy and ISTE standards.  No annual fees. Curriculum developed by noted educator and STEM expert, Tom White. An affordable, easily scalable solution that provides everything you need in one place.

CONS: You aren’t using it already! While we must direct you elsewhere if you’d like to explore options one and two, we invite you to attend our live webinar presentations to learn about the fischertechnik STEM Lab Program as a solution to your STEM dilemma. These webinars will provide some background on why STEM is such an area of concern, why project-based learning is so effective for teaching STEM and provide an overview of the fischertechnik STEM Lab Program and its curriculum. To reserve your spot for either of these informative webinars, simply follow the links below:

Studica’s Upcoming Live STEM Webinars:

If you are unable to attend either of these presentations, please feel free to contact us at Our fischertechnik Product Manager, Lance Zurek, will be happy to make arrangements to connect with you personally, provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have.
The tools are available. There is no longer an excuse why every school and every student can’t succeed at STEM. Studica prides itself in working with schools and educators to find the right solution for their academic institutions. Use this opportunity to learn more about the latest STEM education, it only takes forty minutes of your time. Your students and their future are worth it.

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fischertechnik Recognized by Dr. Toy with Three Awards

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dr toy October 2014Dr. Toy’s special year-end awards were recently announced, honoring fischertechnik with three awards. The new fischertechnik Dynamic XL set was selected for Dr. Toy’s “Best Picks Children’s Products for 2014”. The fischertechnik Solar set was selected for Dr. Toy’s “10 Best Socially Responsible Products of 2014” and “100 Best Children’s Products of 2014”. Earlier this year, the fischertechnik Oeco Energy set was selected as one of the “Top Green Products for 2014” by Dr. Toy.

Dr. Toy, also known as Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, is one of the world’s leading experts on toys and children’s products. With 30 years of experience, Dr. Auerbach includes educationally oriented, developmental and skill building products from the best companies in her four annual award programs. These Dr. Toy approved products provide guidance to many parents, teachers and toy buyers in making selections for children. We are very proud and excited that so many of our fischertechnik products were recognized this year by Dr. Toy.

Meet fischertechnik’s Award-winning

Dynamic XL:

fischertechnik Dynamic XL 2The fischertechnik Dynamic XL set is the newest addition to fischertechnik’s ‘Fun with Physics’ product line. It features all new parts that include 90° curves, cross-overs and jumps with catch funnel. Watch as the balls race through tight curves and shoot through different tracks. With this set, students can build up to eight different track models to learn and observe various physical phenomena. Give your children a hands-on experience as they learn about acceleration, inertia, centrifugal force, the conservation of energy, linear momentum and more. This set also includes an elevator powered by a fischertechnik XS Motor that returns the balls back to the top of the track. Take a look at some additional features that make this product perfect for your home and the classroom.

  • Selected as Dr. Toy’s “Best Picks Children’s Products for 2014”
  • Enclosed activity book explaining various physical phenomena
  • Mini motor included
  • Total of 1250 parts for building eight different models

Solar Set:

fischertechnik solarThe fischertechnik Solar set provides young builders with a fun, engaging introduction to the world of renewable energy. This set includes the new solar rotor, which is a combination of a solar cell and a motor. This solar rotor is at the heart of the set’s three possible models: a helicopter, an airboat and a ventilating fan. Children benefit from building models, while gathering their first experience in renewable energy.

  • Selected as Dr. Toy’s “10 Best Socially Responsible Products of 2014” and “100 Best Children’s Products of 2014”
  • Total of 60 parts for creating three different models
  • Includes unique solar rotor power source

Oeco Energy:

 PrintThe fischertechnik Oeco Energy set allows students to explore the world of renewable energy. The set includes models that illustrate how electricity is produced, stored and used from natural energy sources such as water, wind and sun. It also includes two new modules that guarantee more power and additional attachment possibilities for flexible use within the models. Students that use this set truly understand these energy forms. To expand the possible models and incorporate a fuel cell, this set can combine with fischertechnik’s Fuel Cell Kit.

  • Includes activity book
  • Includes 1 solar motor (2V) and 2 solar modules (1V; 400 mA)
  • Gold cap power storage device (2,7V/25 F)
  • Total of 320 parts for building up to 10 models

Adopt fischertechnik at Home and in the Classroom

fischertechnik focuses on getting children excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The first step in ensuring that your child achieves success in the future is making sure they understand how the world works. fischertechnik creates flexible, innovative construction sets that encourage children to learn, while fostering their own creativity. Learn more about fischertechnik and how it is making a difference at home and schools all over the world.

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Learn about PTC Academic Program for PLM and more

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PTC-Academic-ProgramPTC is a company that specializes in solutions for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Service Lifecycle Management (SLM). That sure is a lot of abbreviations, but simply put PTC focuses on finding opportunities where businesses –big or small– can simplify and grow industry advantages with the use of technology. PTC has a range of products to foster production and bolster service standards.

What better way to accomplish this than to make these innovative, technology-based tools available to students? STEM education gets a lot of attention in the media and throughout educational outlets, because many students graduate from higher education unprepared for the modern workplace. Tools like PTC Creo and PTC Mathcad provide students with the introduction they need to technology that is actually being used by professionals every day.

PTC Student Offerings

PTC is offering a student edition of these two amazing programs in order to support students and help them achieve their career goals. The Senior Vice President of the PTC Academic Program, John Stuart, made this statement in regards to the company’s outreach, “PTC believes the sustained success of our company, our customers and society depends upon empowering each generation to solve real-world social, economic and environmental challenges.” Both PTC Creo and PTC Mathcad provide an academic advantage to students by presenting the latest industry standards in design, calculation and collaboration software.

PTC Creo Features

PTC Creo is the first collection of design applications to include concept design, 2D, 3D, direct modeling and more. It is also ideal for students as it solves the major challenge of ease-of-use that many face when trying to learn a new program. PTC Creo is a useable, scalable and interoperable system.

Features of PTC Creo include:

  • Provides instant access to eLearning and content within a customizable, searchable user interface.
  • Allows you to make direct edits, while preserving the intelligence of existing models, and applies intelligence to simple models without compromising your design intent and imagination.
  • Each PTC Creo design application is built on a common data model. There’s no need to maintain multiple licenses across campus, which allows you to focus on a single user interface. Plus, you have the advantage of moving from each design application without having to save and export files.

PTC Mathcad Features:

PTC Mathcad is the industry-standard software for engineering calculations. Engineers are able to streamline design processes with this program due to its live mathematical notation, open architecture and powerful capabilities.

  • Easily create and understand worksheets with very little training because PTC Mathcad uses known standards and conventions that complement other math notation tools.
  • Combines numerical and symbolic tools with deep text formatting capabilities in a single document interface.
  • Creates an environment that enables broad distribution of content to facilitate professional collaboration and continuous improvement.
  • Allows you to demonstrate your analysis and communicate the viability of a project in a real-world environment.
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3D Scanning with Skanect 3D

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3d-scanning-examplesSkanect 3D is a 3D Scanning software that utilizes the Microsoft Kinect peripheral to create 3D Models out of real world objects. The software will create 3D Models out of whatever it is that you are scanning with your Kinect. The 3D Models can be exported as STL, OBJ, PLY, and VRML files. Most 3D Printers will be able to print at least one of these file formats. Skanect also allows you to share your model directly with Sketchfab, Shapeways, and Sculpteo. And while the software itself does not contain 3D Modeling tools, it allows you to use 3rd party software to further edit your mesh.

Simple 3D Scanning

The workflow is rather simple. First, plug in your Kinect or other compatible 3D Sensor. Next, open up Skanect 3D and choose to make a new file. Then, record the object that you want to capture. Once it’s recorded, you can fine-tune your model using several different functions. After that, you just save the file as whatever format you need and you should be good to go.

The Kinect is not the only 3D sensor that works. There’s a sensor for the iPad called Structure Sensor. This peripheral plugs into the iPad and integrates with the corresponding app. This allows you to take a 3D scan of an object. There is also the Asus Xtion and PrimeSense Carmine. Any of these sensors will allow you to capture a 3D Scan with Skanect 3D.

Once your model is finished, you should be able to send it straight to your 3D printer. Studica offers several Skanect 3D packages for students, faculty, and educational institutions. We also offer 3D Printers from multiple manufacturers including 3D Systems, MakerBot, and XYZ Printing.
Check out my video demonstration of Skanect 3D below. Thanks!

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