Friday, January 1, 2016

Scanning with 3D Systems

by Aaron

Neal and I were visited by teacher and STEAM advocate Jeff to show us a some 3D scanning technology from 3D systems. We scanned the frame Neal's electric motorcycle project and the head of the good looking chap above as well as various items and people within reach.

With the motorcycle frame, the digital model is being used to create mounting plates with proper offsets for the motor. There's just not enough clearance with the shaft length to get the sprocket inline, so an intermediate gear will be used to transition between the motor and the wheel. Getting all the correct measurements within the irregular shape of the frame can be a challenge using traditional measuring, thus the scan.

Jeff also talked about how they use the 3D Systems "Sense" scanner to teach in classrooms. Metrology, or the science of measurement, is a common method.  Students take models and measure them - then extrapolate that information to fractions and other fundamental math concept goodies. He also touched on the 3D Systems modeling tools they use such as Geomagic Freeform and Cubify Invent. As a side note, he also showed us Microsoft's Kodu (which I seem to be the last person in the world to know about), a very clickable game making software for youth that was a lot of fun.

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