3D Printing Robotics Parts

BY Brian Lenda 

Barnstable High School

Project Description

Students will use the 3D printer to make parts for the final robotics competition to gather foam blocks with inventions of their own design. Students use computer aided design (CAD) to design parts for their robots that they feel will help them collect the most blocks in the given time.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)?

We currently have two 3D printers for use by 200 robotics students which limits the size and number of designs which can be printed in a timely manner. Student often choose to change their designs when it becomes apparent that their design can not be printed in time for the competition. My hope is that more students will be able to print their competition designs if we are able to get another 3D printer.

Benefit to the students and the school

At the current time there are 200 robotics students each year at Barnstable High School. Most of these are 8th grade students who take robotics as a half-year introduction course to engineering concepts such as computer aided design (CAD), electronics (Arduino), and coding(c++). At this point, approximately 1,000 students have taken the course. Every year the course evolves and the competition challenges change in order to keep it fresh. If we are able to get another 3D printer it will give more students an opportunity to see their design manufactured for years to come.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

This project is ongoing. The fist semester competition start on January 7th, 2019 and conclude on January 18th, 2019. The second semester competition starts on May 28th, 2019 and concludes on June 11th 2019.