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    MakerBot & Tinkercad Connect for Seamless Cloud-based 3D Printing

    Published on - June 26, 2017 by sarahorourke76

    Tips & Tricks, Teachers & Parents


    Now more than ever, educators need intuitive, easy-to-use STEAM learning tools to implement in their classrooms. MakerBot and Tinkercad are proud to announce a new connection!

    Users will be able to design in-browser with Tinkercad, then export 3D designs to the new cloud-enabled My MakerBot for in-browser 3D printing and monitoring. In addition to the efficiencies My MakerBot’s Chromebook compatibility offers classrooms, this feature connects two essential tools to empower teachers and equip students with critical design and problem solving skills.

    “This is the next big move in creating a complete solution that supports educators from curriculum, to software, to community and support,” added Drew Lentz of MakerBot Education. “3D printers aren’t the center of classrooms – students are. MakerBot and Autodesk are dedicated to enhancing their experience while making it easier than ever for teachers to step up their STEAM game and implement new technologies.

    With this new simplified system, students can take their ideas from a lesson plan, to 3D design, all the way to 3D printing on any device, including Chromebooks:

    • Beginning with the MakerBot founded Thingiverse Education, teachers browse hundreds of curated 3D printing projects to download
    • Working in-browser with Tinkercad, students create 3D models using simple shapes, teaching valuable 3D design skills
    • Using My MakerBot, students import, prepare, and begin printing their 3D designs

    Tinkercad’s new connection to My MakerBot will be widely available by the start of the 2017 school year.

    As an additional resource MakerBot released an Educators Guidebook featuring many lessons for teachers using Tinkercad! The MakerBot Educators Guidebook directly addresses those needs and adds to MakerBot’s expansive resources for classrooms, including Thingiverse Education, the largest 3D printing curriculum library and community, and the new My MakerBot platform.

    All of the projects available in the guidebook feature step-by-step instructions, the core standards they fulfill, and notes from the authors to guide teachers from start to finish. The nine projects offered are only a small sampling of the lesson plans currently available on Thingiverse Education. With almost 300 lesson plans and with over 14,000 downloaded last month, it’s the largest online portal for educators to find 3D printing content for their classrooms.

    For a preview of the book, download the first project “Cloud Types” for free.