Multi-Step Flower Fabrication
Facility: RI Mobile Maker Lab (RI MML)
Program: Introduction to 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, and Vinyl Cutting
Instruction: Seth Wiseman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Intern: Sam DiGasper (email@example.com)
Technician: Chase Reynolds (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Targeting seventy minutes of hands-on, experiential learning, students will produce a flower from parts made with a variety of digital fabrication technologies, as well as an array of materials. Leveraging 3D printers, laser & knife cutters, students will fabricate and assemble flowers comprised of component parts:
Roots/stems/branches (Laser Cutter)
Leaves (Knife Cutter)
Flowers (3D Printer)
In an effort to integrate in to the specified curriculum, we select plants commonly found in New England climate: violet, daisy & mayflower.
*Note: The intent is for students to work concurrently at the stations below. At some point throughout the process slowdowns & bottlenecks may occur requiring patience & teamwork.
Course Learning Outcomes:
Knowledge of design process
Knowledge of manufacturing process
Exposure to digital fabrication/ CNC technology
Experience assembling parts/ systems
Exposure to problem solving
Success translating ideas into physical form
Station One: Flowers
Technology: 3D Printer
Material: PLA Plastic
Description: Utilizing FDM printers, students select & print a pre-designed flower in the color of their choice.
Station Two: Leaves
Technology: Vinyl Cutter
Material: Paper Cardstock
Description: Utilizing the desktop knife cutter, students select & cut pre-designed leaves in the color of their choice.
Station Three: Roots/Stems/Branches
Technology: Laser Cutter
Material: ⅛” Luan and/or Birch Plywood
Description: Using a desktop laser cutter, students select & cut pre-designed root/stem/branch components which will receive the flowers & leaves produced in station one & two.
Station Four: Assembly
Material: Masking Tape and/or Hot Glue
Description: Combining the component parts from the previous stations, students assemble & complete their flowers.